Sound Leadership In Our Times: 1st Podcast with Catherine Van Wetter

Click HERE to download and listen to the podcast.

I am initiating Sound Leadership For Our Times, a new conversation platform / podcast interview series where I will be dialoguing with colleagues to explore the intersection of the fields of healing and leadership in service to the empowerment of people and eco-social organizations who are working towards a positive future.

The focus will be having conversations with sound therapists, holistic healers, coaches and thought leaders who are engaged in eco-social organizations, businesses and/or initiatives.  We will be uncovering

In my first interview, with holistic healer & best-selling author, Catherine Van Wetter, I ask:

  • Why have you chosen to do the work that you do?  Why do you believe in it?

  • What positive impact do you believe you are having in the world?

  • How do you stay hopeful, engaged and inspired in these challenging times?

  • What is effective leadership in our times?  What does it mean to be a sound leader?

  • What is your vision for a better world?  How do we get there?  And, how are you creating that vision through the work that you’re doing?

    To listen to the interview, click HERE.  Enjoy and please leave comments and let me know your questions, comments and reflections.

Prioritizing What Is Most Important This Summer

"Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple." 
-Bill Mollison, One of the Founding Leaders in the Permaculture Movement


As we approach the summer solstice next week, the zenith of the LIGHT, its essential to take time to focus on what is MOST IMPORTANT in your life, work and relationships.  

In this Newsletter:
1. Food for thought: Prioritizing what's most important
2. Acupuncture Sound Bath on June 30th
3. PermaJam Festival on July 4th Weekend

Food for Thought:
Yesterday, a client was sharing with me how much he loves to cook!  But, for some reason, he has fallen into a routine of letting his wife cook for him and the kids for weeks on end.  So, we focused on the DISCIPLINE of PRIORITIZING cooking at least once a week - as if his life depended on it...because, well it actually really does...

His sense of confidence, as a husband and father, depends on taking action that resonates with his integrity - and he feels an innate need to contribute to the cooking, which is also so enjoyable for him.  So, what ONE THING do you feel a deep need to prioritize in your life this week?

Upcoming Live Event & Festival Weekend:

Acupuncture Sound Bath @ LifeWorks Studio in Great Barrington - Friday, June 30th at 7:30pm: 

My wife, Sarah and I have been offering this unique acupuncture sound bath since we first met in 2014, and recently moved to the Berkshires from New York where Sarah founded Brooklyn Acupuncture Project in 2008 and Lev founded The Medicine Tree in 2010.  Acupuncture Sound Baths are a community experience that help us to tap into the embodied virtues of our human potential.  Sessions attune your internal natural rhythm and awaken your capacity to respond creatively to the increasing complexity and intensity of life’s challenges.

 More and more, we are offering these sound events for private groups, including business teams (i.e. restaurant staff), eco-social organizations and even bachelorette parties.  Click here learn more and register.

PERMAJAM FESTIVAL JULY 1ST - 4TH


I will be offering 2 workshops at the second annual PermaJam Festival is coming together of people who "hear the calling for a cultural revival, a return to our roots, breaking out of the mainstream that is influencing our children today. As conscious and aware humans unite, we have the power to build a harmonious foundation  we can flourish on, which starts with planting seeds for our youth. If we can’t provide the valuable wisdom, tools and skill sets our children need to grow, then how will future generations prosper?" (From the website)

The workshops that I will be offering are...

#1: Return of the Medicine Trees: A Vision of Sound Leadership for Global Coherence on Sunday, July 2nd at 2:15pm

#2:Visionary Sound Journey for Global Coherence at 10am on Monday, July 3rd.


Tickets are available at www.permajam.com for the whole festival or per day - with many workshops, musical events and wonderful people to meet.  

Use the Promo Code: medicinetree - and pay just $85 for the whole 4 day festival or just $33 per day.  I look forward to seeing you there!


in grateful service,
Lev

 

Have you ever looked up at the sky in awe at a flock of geese flying in a "V" all heading in the same direction?

The principle that brings these amazing birds into one-mind of coherence operates in a Mastermind Group as well.  Morphic Resonance, a term coined by pioneering scientist, Rupert Sheldrake, "is a process whereby self-organising systems inherit a memory from previous similar systems. In its most general formulation, morphic resonance means that the so-called laws of nature are more like habits. The hypothesis of morphic resonance also leads to a radically new interpretation of memory storage in the brain and of biological inheritance. Memory need not be stored in material traces inside brains, which are more like TV receivers than video recorders..."

In other words, when we come together, consistently in a group, with a focused intention on bringing forth our most important work, we move like birds flying together as one, and thus we are able to soar!
 

I created the Small Group Mastermind Circlebecause coaching support and accountability is most effective when you have it every week.  The process of articulating priorities, setting goals, taking action, following through, reflecting, gaining insight and learning from the feedback received from the action - this iterative process - is the most important aspect of a transformational journey that leads to effective results in our life, health, relationships, career and work.

The best part is that the Mastermind Circle is very affordable (with a sliding scale payment model) and you receive motivation and support from the community experience of being in a group...on Tuesday, I will share from a more energetic perspective about the power of being in a group - developing a field of morphic resonance...

Lastly, we had an energizing Intro Call last week, with Daniel Duron, a participant in this past spring cycle, sharing his transformative experience, which you can listen to by clicking the link below.


There are only 2 spots (out of 10) left for the summer cycle which begins on June 14th (registration ends June 8th), and one of them is for you so jump in, the water is really warm :)

 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

Why do Mastermind Groups work so well?

The simple, practical, answer is - when you hear the other participants in the group setting goals, taking action and following through, you feel inspired to keep going and doing the same. Here are some thoughts from Stephanie Burns, the founder and CEO of Chic CEO, in an article she published for Forbes online

"Mastermind groups are relatively new to most people, even though Napoleon Hill created the concept around 75 years ago with his book, Think and Grow Rich. A mastermind group is designed to help you navigate through challenges using the collective intelligence of others...Here are 7 reasons why a mastermind might be right for you:

1. You'll be part of an exclusive community. 
2. Advisement. Once you are involved in a mastermind, that feeling of "being alone" while running your business is gone. 
3. Collaboration is the name of the game. You may find someone in the group that is a perfect fit to work on a project with you. 
4. Extend your network. Joining a mastermind expands your network exponentially and rapidly. 
5. New learning. Everyone in the mastermind is unique in skill, experience and connections. 
6. Cross-promotion. When you join a mastermind, you will most likely find ways to help each other by utilizing cross promotion. 
7. Think bigger. Being in a mastermind will truly give you a Master Mind! You can't help but think bigger and stretch beyond your boundaries when surrounded by amazing people doing amazing things."

I created the Small Group Mastermind Circlebecause coaching support and accountability is most effective when you have it every week.  The process of articulating priorities, setting goals, taking action, following through, reflecting, gaining insight and learning from the feedback received from the action - this iterative process - is the most important aspect of a transformational journey that leads to effective results in our life, health, relationships, career and work.

The best part is that the Mastermind Circle is very affordable (with a sliding scale payment model) and you receive motivation and support from the community experience of being in a group...on Tuesday, I will share from a more energetic perspective about the power of being in a group - developing a field of morphic resonance...

Lastly, we had an energizing Intro Call last week, with Daniel Duron, a participant in this past spring cycle, sharing his transformative experience, which you can listen to by clicking the link below.


There are only 3 spots (out of 10) left for the summer cycle which begins on June 14th (registration ends June 8th),  so if you feel your heart chords pulling on you to jump in, don't think about it to much, just jump!  Its a beautiful journey...

 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

Masterminding for Focus, Clarity and Following Through

This afternoon I'm driving to Rising with Roots: Courage, Conviction & Community in this Beautiful, Teetering Time, a six-day retreat called  focused on the Work That Reconnects, a process that I shared in the month-long workshop in February, based on the work of elder ecophilosopher, activist and buddhist scholar, Joanna Macy, PhD.

The description of the retreat says, "we are alive at an extraordinary moment in time. It is a time of growing uncertainty, as climate catastrophe looms, the sixth mass extinction accelerates, and the wounds of inequality and inhumanity are laid bare. It is also a time of great possibility when creativity, courage, and collective action can change the political and ecological landscape for future generations."

To prepare for the journey, I watched a video on animal tracking this morning, with Jon Young, the founder of the 8 Shields Institute.  He spoke about a "silver line" that emerges in his vision as he tracks an animal through the landscape...

It reminded me of the Thread of Guidance that I sense extending out of our hearts into the future, leading us to our most important work, greatest contribution and purposeful offering to respond effectively to this momentous time.

When we meet the process halfway, and cultivate this relationship with our life purpose and destiny, our consciousness evolves more quickly and we emerge into situations where we are able to give our gifts more fully and authentically.

I have found weekly coaching for support and accountability to be one of the most effective ways to develop my capacity, and I see my clients who I work with on a weekly basis growing into their goals with the most ease, grace and inspiration.  

I created the Small Group Mastermind Circle because coaching support and accountability is most effective when you have it every week.  The process of articulating priorities, setting goals, taking action, following through, reflecting, gaining insight and learning from the feedback received from the action - this iterative process - is the most important aspect of a transformational journey that leads to effective results in our life, health, relationships, career and work.

And, the best part, is that the Mastermind Circle is very affordable (with a sliding scale payment model) and you receive motivation and support from the community experience of being in a group, which I will talk about more in emails that I will send next week. We had an energizing Intro Call yesterday, with Daniel Duron, a participant in this past spring cycle, sharing his transformative experience, which you can listen to by clicking the link below.


There are only 4 spots (out of 10) left for the summer cycle which begins on June 14th (registration ends June 8th),  so if you feel your heart chords pulling on you to jump in, don't think about it to much, just jump!  Its a beautiful journey...
 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER
 

Acupuncture Sound Baths for Your Practical Everyday Life

“I was feeling constricted and the sounds helped me to bring movement and space into the place where there were problems, so I could see solutions.”

At the end of our Acupuncture Sound Baths, we always ask participants what they experienced, what they learned, and how they will apply it to their everyday life in a practical way.  One of our participants shared the quotation above, and it struck me as significant, so I wanted to elaborate...

Working with the combination of acupuncture and sound therapy stimulates a creative environment where resilience is amplified.  In our personal lives, families and workplace organizations, we often feel overstressed, and thus lack creativity and aliveness.  Healing vibrations enliven and animate our imagination, rejuvenate the energy in our bodies, and therefore, revive the vigor in our spirits to go back out there and give it everything we’ve got.

How does it work?  What happens to our consciousness during an acupuncture sound bath journey?  Where do we go?

The feedback that we receive from participants is that there is a sense of renewal.  The acupuncture sound bath is a sound journey that can be experienced as a mini-ordeal, a fractal initiation, or a micro rite-of-passage.  It is healing because it empowers and strengthens us so we can better handle the real, out-in-the-world, ordeals that we face each-and-every-day of our lives.

Within the morphogenetic field that is created through the vibratory frequencies of a sound therapy session, you are presented with both the challenge and the capacity to overcome.  Rupert Sheldrake, the creator of the theory of morphogenetic fields says that they “work by imposing patterns on otherwise random or indeterminate patterns of activity” (www.sheldrake.org/research/morphic-resonance/introduction).

In other words, sound becomes therapeutic, healing, and a catalyst for transformation, when it is utilized in a way that makes you aware of the disturbance in your life (i.e the random patterns) whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual, and supports you to connect with a coherent pattern that brings organization and alignment to your whole self, bringing an overall sense of wellbeing.  It makes you aware of the “poison” and empowers you to find the "antidote" within you, by effectively confronting the issue at hand within a supportive and nourishing sound environment.

In an acupuncture sound bath, you may become more aware of the stuckness that characterizes the particulars of life’s “problems” and then, you are reminded of your inner resources that emerge, mysteriously and miraculously, during the course of the sound journey, to provide you with the creative solutions that are necessary to overcome, thrive, and walk in beauty.

Sound therapy is an effective modality to empower you to take your game to the next level.  “Lev and Sarah’s acupuncture sound bath experience is a journey that should not be missed.  They make the self-discovery experience very comfortable and approachable.  I will be back, often.” - Jill Johnston, Acu-Sound Bath Participant

When I emerge from guiding an acupuncture sound bath journey, I often feel connected to a place of deep reverence, humility, and connection with all of life -  those who have come before, those who are here now, and in service to those who will be here in the future.  My sense is that this is a shared, yet unspoken, feeling that permeates the whole group.  

I look forward to sharing this special experience with you.  Its what I love to do most in the world.

Resilience: Sound Leadership for Our Times

We are living in times where our capacity to respond to complex change is becoming our greatest asset.  How can we keep up?  How can we continue to find creative solutions to our most pressing problems?

In our families, communities, and organizations, we are searching for a greater capacity to respond effectively to increased complexity.  Sound leadership in these times doesn’t mean that we have all the answers.  Quite the opposite, resilience means that we are able to stay awake, aware, calm, yet alert even while not understanding all of what is unfolding in front of our eyes.  In other words, with resilience as our focus, we are able to think and act from a place of trust, confidence, humility and integrity whatever the situation may be.

Its nice to talk about these ideas, and imagine that they are possible, but how do we actually do this?  How can we learn to respond intelligently, and therefore, effectively, in the midst of unprecedented chaos and complexity.

One of the key characteristics of leadership for our times is growing our capacity to tolerate the unknown - to be able to say, “let’s wait and see,” without letting our impatience send us into an unwise, knee-jerk action.  As long as no one that you are responsible for is in immediate physical danger, you always have the option to wait and see...to read the landscape, to listen more deeply to what is happening in the environment around you, and to wait for the right action to emerge naturally - to present itself to you.  

This takes practice - to have the discipline to stay present, still, and patient, even when every nerve, muscle, and bone in your body is ready to move and you just want the “problem” to be resolved.  What kind of practice does it take?  In other words, what might we practice, in order to develop this capacity to “wait, and see,” and listen for the most intelligent and effective action?

We engage in practices that open us to states of consciousness that help us to grow to new stages of our adult development.  In other words, we upgrade our “internal operating system” so that we can do more with less.

Sound is a Vehicle for Consciousness, and thus, Leadership Development

The interdisciplinary field of sound healing, sound therapy, and mindfulness sound meditation brings forth approaches to the development of human consciousness that are vital in this day-in-age.  Quite simply, sound is a vehicle for consciousness development.  When we open ourselves to healing sounds, our minds are refreshed, our creative imagination awakens and is stimulated, we feel newfound lightness and clarity in our emotional body, and we receive relief from physical pain and body-related stress.

What’s more, healing sounds create rich fertile soil in an organizational culture.  

Sound has the capacity to unify groups into functioning more effectively as teams.  When we create sounds together,, we immediately feel more connected to one another.  Tensions relax, and even dissolve, and new perspective emerges that allows and encourages us to see alternatives and previously unseen pathways that open up harmonious and creative solutions.

When we come together and create simple, healing sounds, such as humming and toning the vowel sounds (oo, oh, ah, eh, ee), we feel connected to ourselves, to each other, and to the purposefulness of our unique contribution to the organizational vision and mission.  

This simple group process, which only takes 10 minutes a day, has the power to transform the culture of our workplace, and renew the important sense of sacredness and meaning in our individual and collective work.  In short, mindfulness sound meditation, practiced in our workplaces, not only brings wellness to our whole team, it makes our work sacred again.

Sound revives our capacity to engage the underlying mission and purpose of the organization in every action.  This is what brings meaning, significance and thus a sense of sacredness into the workplace culture.  Through the use of sound, we are able to share the sacredness of our work with the whole team.

Why do I feel committed to bringing Mindfulness Sound Meditation into the Workplace?

I choose to work with organizations who have an eco-social mission because it is you who are changing our world into a world that is fit for our children, grandchildren, and great-grand children to live in and inhabit, joyfully and healthfully.  

I heard a teaching once that “there is so much to do, so we better go slow.”  To create an organizational culture that holds our great-grandchildren in its vision, we need to engage these wise words.  We must learn to be mindful, clear, and full of care in navigating our way forward, in our individual lives and in our organizations.  Mindfulness Sound Meditation opens this capacity within us, and renews it, on a daily basis - in only 10 minutes-a-day, sitting with your team, and “vibrating your body,” as I like to call it.

When we create sound together, we bring a sense of the sacred into our workplace, and when people create sound together, they feel happier, more connected to themselves and each other, and more engaged, energetic and enthusiastic.  What does all religious practice have in common?  Singing.  Making sounds together.

Its so simple that its almost unbelieveable.  We can make our organizations resonate at a higher level of consciousness and connection simply by making sounds together.  Unlike religious practice, we don’t need to use words.  We can just sounds - humming, toning vowel sounds, and deep, conscious breathing.  This is mindfulness sound meditation.  

Supplemented by a regularly scheduled Group "Sound Bath" Meditation experience  - listening to singing bowls, didgeridoo, and tuning forks - your organization will open new doors and possibilities of connection, collaboration, and genuine aliveness, inspiration, creativity and excitement, in the workplace.  With Mindfulness Sound Meditation, your team won’t want to go home at the end of the day!

To learn more, visit our workplace wellness page, and schedule your initial complementary session for your team, in your workplace.

 

Weekend Retreat: The Only Way Out Is Through (April 29-30, 2017)

Do you feel something big shifting too?  

Whew!  Times are feeling really intense these days.  Facing into the reality of this moment on Earth has been for us like removing layers of innocence, and seeing again with new eyes. Weeks on end, and we are exhausted; and also full of pain, anger, grief, sadness; and also even joy, inspiration and love.

In order to keep moving despite moments of feeling immobilized, to feel the joy and despair as part of one whole experience of life, I feel called to team up with an old friend and colleague, Orion Kriegman (founder of the Boston Food Forest Coalition), and offer:

The Only Way Out is Through: Transforming Our Grief into Courage and Empowerment in the face of Planetary Suffering

April 29th & 30th | Sheffield, MA

We are two old friends who have traveled different paths to a shared wisdom, and have experienced the clearing and renewal that happens when we turn toward our grief -  both our personal grief and our grief for the planet which are really one river anyway.  In planning this workshop, we drew inspiration and guidance from Joanna Macy's The Work That Reconnects. 

Through this work, we have both experienced the healing that opens our heart and renews our capacity to take creative and courageous action.  While we can't promise what your experience will be, together we will create a safe space for you to bring your whole self to this weekend.

Space is limited to 11 participants.  Please visit http://www.themedicinetree.com/theonlywayoutisthrough/
for all the details and to registration.  And, feel free to be in touch with us directly questions, via email or phone.

in grateful service,
Lev

Sometimes less is More: Mindfulness Sound Meditation

Sometimes, when you feel like you have no time to do anything "more," you can get a lot from shifting perspective and immersing yourself and your team in the self-care that will increase your capacity to respond effectively, to whatever is in front of you.

Mindfulness Sound Meditation activates your team's capacity to imagine creative solutions and mobilize the energy, intelligence and courage to take effective action.  Benefits include:

  1. Increased energy, enthusiasm, positive attitude, mental clarity, and emotional resilience
  2. Enhanced performance and productivity
  3. Elevated team unity & effective communication through an affordable, unique shared experience
  4. Heightened capacity to make wise decisions in the face of ever-increasing complexity and chaos
  5. Reduced stress-related costs of poor health and employee absenteeism by strengthening holistic health, immunity and stamina.

You can learn more at www.themedicinetree.com/wellnessatwork

Feel free to be in touch with questions and to schedule a free session for your team.

Small Group Mastermind Circle - 4 Spots for the Spring Cycle

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Whole Life Rejuvenation Circle over the last month.  The calls were deeply moving and transformative. Moving forward, I will continue to offer open calls once a month (next one for the spring equinox).  

As we enter spring, I am inspired to create peer-to-peer support to help you gain massive traction on your to-do lists, plans, and bigger vision.

And so, I am inviting you to a weekly mastermind circle (4 spots available), which will give you the support, encouragement and accountability to take action on the goals that are most important to you.

Where do you need to focus and take action as we enter springtime?  

In this circle, you will:

  • clarify what is most important to you
  • create specific goals and a clear plan of action 
  • stay focused, every day, and follow through  

There are 4 spots available for this Circle, on a first come first serve basis.  Our first session is Wednesday, March 22nd.  So, register now to secure your spot.  
Click here to learn more and register.