Agitation

inner conflict

We think of agitation as being an annoyance in our day-to-day life. When circumstances come up that aggravate us or things are spinning in our head all day long like the spin cycle on a washing machine, we get annoyed. But when you stop to really think about the process of cleaning anything, there must be an action of some type of agitation that lifts or pushes the dirt off.

In my approach as a facilitator, I get people spinning outside of their normal thought processes, and I purposely agitate them so that they can emerge lighter, clearer and begin their transformation from the inside out.

For example, one native woman slouched in her chair during a group circle discussion. When I asked her why she wasn’t sitting up straight, she told me that she was ‘carrying the weight of all her people’. “Are you kidding me?” I agitated her through the conversation. “You’re choosing to carry all the weight of your people?? And if so, please don’t carry mine, I can carry my own.” Perturbed, she walked out of the session. Later that evening she returned. “You made me realize that I don’t need to carry the weight of all my people”, she admitted. That was a pivotal moment for her. She’d been in a spin for years thinking this way, and what was needed was some agitation to snap her out of it.

Agitation did the cleansing. Don’t be annoyed or afraid of it. The longer the agitation cycle, the more cleaning that get’s done.

Raising Esteem In Students

Raising Esteem In Students

A teenage boy jumped up from the couch in his classroom and stood in front of his fellow students to speak. “At the beginning of the year, I’d probably be afraid to stand up and talk to the class like this,” he said, bursting with smiles.

In the course of less than a school year, something changed in the 18 students that form this class at Salisbury Composite high school. Maybe they had teenage angst at the beginning of the school year. It’s hard to say. But to their own admission, last September they were not the most confident group of kids, and that can leave a person at a disadvantage at school and at life. Fortunately, their teacher, Lindy Mair, had bumped into Matt Thorpe one day and they began talking about kids.

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Make Personal Excellence Your Main Goal

Make Personal Excellence Your Main Goal

Matt Thorpe is one of those people who demands 110 percent from himself on a regular basis and thrives on it. He’s constantly thinking two or three steps ahead; yet engage him in conversation, and he can make you feel that there is nobody more important to him than the person he’s talking to right now. Thorpe calls his ability to focus intently on just what is being said to him or what is happening at the moment “being in my world”.

He says he is committed to building personal excellence every day. He says he wants to help as many people as possible to overcome their barriers to personal and professional excellence too. “Life is what you create,” Thorpe said. He’s a motivational speaker who delivers workshops and training in leadership, team building, consensus building, workplace morale and cross-cultural awareness, and he’ll help organizations find funding. He also facilitates dispute mediation. When the training’s done, he follows up with people to see how they’re getting along, if they want that.

 

 

 

Creating a Powerful Present: Reclaiming Hope

Creating a Powerful Present: Reclaiming Hope

We have come together to open a dialogue that will give us the shared insight we need to address the devastating reality of suicide that has left a trail of shock and grief in communities across Canada. Suicide’s harsh reality robs us of the bright potential of young lives, the energy and ability of men and women in their prime, and the wisdom and experience of elders who might have bequeathed unique knowledge to future generations. Of all the painful issues the members of a community must face, suicide is perhaps the most cruelly baffling and debilitating. In its wake, the various sources of light that guide the community-the insight offered by traditional values, the cherished network of caring, supportive relationships, the courage to believe in transformative growth and the visionary hope in the future-all seem to falter. Yet even in the face of tragedy, this light is never completely extinguished. Rather, it is reflected in our increased determination to uncover and recognize the meanings behind such apparently incomprehensible events, and in the courage to transform our pain into a springboard for constructive action.

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Spirituality & Entrepreneurship

Spirituality & Entrepreneurship

As a First Nations business executive with extensive experience serving clients from both aboriginal and mainstream organizations, I am personally committed to utilizing the profound spiritual wealth that characterizes indigenous cultures to promote new strategies for economic and social advancement. I am convinced that only by recognizing the unique worth of our various traditional values can aboriginal individuals and communities gain the confidence and motivation that lead to personal well-being and, consequently, to financial health. A respectful understanding of this heritage is also necessary for any non-indigenous organization anxious to serve the increasingly prosperous indigenous market or establish rewarding joint ventures.

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Human Development

Human Development

It is only when we can muster the courage to face the challenges that have affected our environments that we can begin to move forward into a different place that will bring full self-expression, power and freedom. We must do this in order to create a strong foundation for future generations. The challenges we face as individuals, leaders, communities and organizations are calling upon us to be rigorously honest about who we are “being” in our lives and in our work and to accept the fact that we are responsible for what is happening now and that we are really the only ones who have the power to make the needed evolution. Likewise, we must take full responsibility for the future we are creating for others and ourselves.

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