Resources that informed the Openness Equation!

In what context are you most open to what the world is telling you?  In the third post in the Life Sabbatical series, I introduced the concept of the Openness Equation to help describe three emotions that help us be open, boredom, awe, and joy.  In developing this idea, I read and listened to a bunch of resources that I thought others might find interesting too.  So here's a list, and as I discover more, I'll continue to update it (last updated 11/30/2017).



  • Hurry Slowly is a new podcast that explores how you can be more productive, creative, and resilient through the simple act of slowing down. I’m only a couple of episodes in, but I thought that episodes 2 with Florence Williams and episode 3 with Craig Mod were both really interesting.
  • Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert – I love the format of this show.  Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert does a coaching session with a person having a creative dilemma (including homework assignments), then has a discussion with a noted, creative friend, and then reconnects with the coachee months later to check in.

Places & Experiences

  • Findhorn Foundation – at the beginning of my life sabbatical, I spent two weeks in this eco- and spiritual community in the Scottish Highlands.  There are many such communities in the world, but this one has a special place in my heart, and might be of interest to folks who love nature and gardening and learning about spirituality.
  • Goldsworthy in the Presidio – for two years I worked in the Presidio of San Francisco directing programs on cross-sector leadership.  The second year, I realized that we had an amazing experience that combined reflection on art and reflection on nature, right where I worked and included this experience in the agenda.  It’s amazing and beautiful, and I recommend using Wood Line as an opportunity for walking meditation.
  • Labyrinth Locator – I first walked a labyrinth in the Red Mountains of Utah, and it was a profound experience.  There is a wonderful history to labyrinths and they can be found all over the world.  Walking one doesn’t take too long, and can be a beautiful way to slow down, be present, and reflect.  This site helps you locate where there are labyrinths nearby.  Or, as a very generous former colleague once did for me, if there are leaves or snow on the ground, you can actually create one relatively easily.

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