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Marriage to Self

May 31, 2020, Author: Chris Breen

But it’s all right now, I’ve learned my lesson well You see, you can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself. I’ve been meandering through old photographs, newspaper cuttings and various other memorabilia found in my cupboards during this forced Covid-19 lockdown period, with the inevitable consequence that many intentionally ‘forgotten’ memories have come […]

Leadership, Teaching, Teaching and Learning

Micro-worlds and Micro-identities: A Strategy for Lockdown and Life?

May 19, 2020, Author: Chris Breen

Francisco Varela (1946 – 2001) was Chilean theoretical biologist who, together with his mentor, Humberto Maturana, is best known for introducing the concept of autopoiesis to biology, and for co-founding the Mind and Life Institute to promote dialogue between science and Buddhism. Both Maturana and Varela became very important to me when, way back in […]

Hinge Moments, Leadership, Life, Teaching and Learning

I Raised You Up? A story of parenting (and leadership?)

January 21, 2020, Author: Chris Breen

This story starts almost ten years ago when I rather reluctantly agreed to become a silent one-third owner of the house that my daughter and her husband were wanting to buy. I did this as they had been told that, as they were both self-employed, this was the only way that they could get a […]

Leadership, Life

Power and Love (Good Enough Series Blog 3)

November 1, 2019, Author: Chris Breen

There is one more thread I want to tug at before I finish this writing on the topic of being good enough. These past few week’s have been a time of introspection and reflection and it has been hard making myself sufficiently vulnerable to write these deeply personal reflections. Earlier this evening I was putting […]

Leadership, Life

It’s a Long and Winding Road (Good Enough Series Blog 2)

October 27, 2019, Author: Chris Breen

Just over a year ago I wrote a blog called ‘I am good enough’ in honour of a group of women leaders I had been teaching on a leadership course. In that blog I shared some some of my personal story and my history of not feeling good enough. I interlaced my narrative with some […]

Leadership, Life, Teaching and Learning

GUEST HOUSE REVISITED: Hinge Moments and Other Stories

July 16, 2019, Author: Chris Breen

Hinge Moments are the amazing moments that occur when one is happily minding one’s own business and is then suddenly interrupted by life. When this interruption is also one of our triggers the resulting response can be very unhelpful.  Catching hinge moments is a game that has an enormous pay-off when one succeeds and echoes […]

Leadership, Life, Teaching and Learning

This Being Human is a Guest House

November 16, 2018, Author: Chris Breen

I woke early this morning with a deep sense of satisfaction. The previous day I had finished my last intensive 6-day Personal Leadership programme for the year. This last module had been an amazing experience! Fantastically courageous participants had the courage to share their personal stories at an extremely deep level on day one and […]

Leadership, Life

I AM GOOD ENOUGH! (Good Enough Series Blog 1)

September 6, 2018, Author: Chris Breen

This Blog is dedicated to the courageous group of women with whom I worked on a recent leadership module in Europe. As we journeyed into a space of vulnerability and truth and openness, I found my heart overflowing with a huge grief for the pain they shared as they judged themselves as being not good […]

Life

Stepping into the Magical Flow of Presence

March 30, 2018, Author: Chris Breen

David Whyte discusses the Three Marriages that we face  in our lives – marriage to Self, Other and Work. He believes that we cannot have a good marriage to Other and Work if we do not have a good marriage to Self! The trouble is that marriage to Self involves silence and going inwards whereas […]

Teaching and Learning

Expanding the Foundations of Biocentric Education

January 30, 2018, Author: Chris Breen

I have revised this piece of writing from a year or two ago and re-posted it as I will be referring to aspects of Biocentric Education in a future post and it helps to have some background available to interested readers. Biocentric Education is a branch of the work inspired by the creator of Biodanza, […]