The thought manifests as the word,
The word manifests as the deed,
The deed develops into habit,
And the habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its way with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings
~ Source


Why consider Coaching at all?

Observe all the millions of thoughts, ideas, aspirations, dreams, wishes, remonstrations, contemplations and any other number of mental formations that run through your mind minute by minute, day by day – of all these, which ones will actually make a difference when it is time to summarize a life of significance, a ‘life worth living’? These are important evaluations to consider. What are the most suitable tools to do that? And where do we learn them?

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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness, in a nutshell, is the capacity to stay non-judgmentally focused on the present moment. Notice that the word ‘on’; not ‘in’. Consider a moment when you are really focused while doing something (like when sticking your tongue out while using a tool of a sort), there is often superb concentration on a task, but there is still very little internal witnessing – that is to say, there is no one consciously watching the unfolding process moment by moment.
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What is Positive Neuroplasticity?

Our brain origins – developed while surviving predators and others daily threats – left us with a crippling Negative Bias which can literally ‘bring us down’ with daily habits of self criticism, fear-based reactions and inherent dread or pessimism for the unknown future.
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“Michael Bartura is an accomplished therapist and gifted teacher, as well as deeply knowledgeable about mindfulness and positive neuroplasticity. He combines high analytical intelligence with the imagination and verbal abilities of a poet. He’s warm, off-the-charts emotionally intelligent, and profoundly trustworthy. He’s a gift, and anyone who works with him will benefit greatly.  I have!”

~ Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Buddha’s Brain and Hardwiring Happiness