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Halleluiah Strongheart has been studying and practicing wisdom teachings and personal development for almost two decades. She has studied Buddhism and held several leadership positions with Shambhala, whose mission is to create a more enlightened world. She has a background in education which helps her to design and facilitate engaging curriculum to meet the needs of all learners. She received an MA in Organization Development and Leadership from Fielding University and seeks to combine wisdom teachings, including Buddhism and Daoism, with cutting edge systems and integral theory to help people and organizations solve their most complex challenges.
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Habitual patterns keep us stuck, how do we break free into a fuller version of ourselves? I have often wondered why it’s so hard to change habits. Even when we know what’s best for us, or how we want to show up in the world, it seems like some habitual patterns are entrenched in ourContinue reading “Overcoming Habitual Patterns”
What is presence and why is it so transformational? Presence is a word you hear often these days in regards to leadership and personal development. It’s a highly desired quality that you can’t fake. But what is presence exactly, how do we cultivate it and why is it so transformational? In these challenging and constantlyContinue reading “Developing Presence”
We view our desire to get rid of disease as a desire to live. But instead it is often just the opposite: it is an attempt to avoid life. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche I’ve been seeing a lot of stuff and hearing people talk about how they can not wait for 2020 to be over andContinue reading “What if 2020 was the best thing that could have happened to us?”
A Transformative Buddhist Practice for when you feel like you’re overwhelmed by all the suffering in the world As we look at the world today it can feel as though everything is going to hell in a handbasket. There are riots in the streets and people are literally killing each other. Our world feels dividedContinue reading “When the World is on Fire: Do this”
how to harness the energy of life With so much going on in the world and in our lives it’s easy to feel a lack of energy. We go through our days managing work, relationships, health, kids, school, and “life admin” and by the end of the day we collapse. It can feel like ourContinue reading “Windhorse”
Authenticity is a highly desirable quality in today’s world, especially among leaders. It’s not something you can fake and you know it when you see it Authenticity is a highly desirable quality in today’s world, especially among leaders. It’s not something you can fake and you know it when you see it. Authentic people seemContinue reading “How to be Authentic”
The world is filled with power and wisdom, we’ve just forgotten how to see and feel it. With all of the challenges going on in the world today it’s easy to feel like everything is doomed and that humanity is to blame. From the mishandling of the Covid pandemic, to police brutality and the climateContinue reading “Sacred World”
(hint: is has something to do with Spiderman) My son and I love the movie Into the Spiderverse. In case you don’t know, it’s the Spiderman movie that came out a couple of years ago about Miles Morales, a young kid from the Bronx who becomes the new Spiderman. Like most hero’s journeys, he startsContinue reading “The Secret to True Power”
How to handle change during unpredictable times Change is hard. It’s true. We love predictability and routine, everything is going along smoothly and then life throws a curveball at us and it’s like we have no ground. Covid is a perfect example of how hard change is for all of us. This has been aContinue reading “Change Mastery”
When someone tells us (as I’m about to) that they’re going to teach us how to listen-we tune out. Isn’t listening something we learned as children? Isn’t it a given? It almost feels like an insult to learn about listening-as if it’s too elementary or basic. The truth is, deep listening and learning how toContinue reading “Listening from a Deeper Source of Intelligence”
A key skill for First Responders and everyone else First responders have been in the spotlight lately. Whether it’s health care workers responding to Covid or police in riots, we’ve clearly begun to see what a crucial role they play in society. In light of recent events with the killing of unarmed black people byContinue reading “This one thing could save your life”
A front line worker is someone who we as a society need in order to function. Think, EMTs, teachers, nurses, doctors and all hospital workers, firefighters, activists, behavioral health workers, nonprofit staff, and police officers (the list goes on). To these varying degrees these “essential workers” ensure that the rest of us are safe andContinue reading “What Front Line Workers Need to Know about Fear”
To have consistent practices in our life, and to stay present in a world that is overwhelming and constantly changing, we need discipline. We need to be open to our journey as a learning experience, not as militaristic. When we are open, we can shift and respond as needed and keep going despite the ups and downs of life.
When things are difficult we can stop and tune into this ground of goodness, it’s always there no matter what, we can rely on it.
This is a strange and particular time. I feel like I’ve heard that in a million different ways in the past couple of months since the Covid pandemic turned all our lives upside down. For some of us, there’s been drastic change-we’ve lost our jobs and have been sick or known someone who has beenContinue reading “How the Buddhist Teachings can help us during this strange and particular time”
What’s the difference and how to practice them in times of stress One of the most powerful tools we can use to increase our capacity for growth and more evolved states of being is mindfulness/awareness. It’s a practice we can integrate into our everyday lives that helps us turn the mirror on ourselves, not inContinue reading “Mindfulness/Awareness”
What the Buddhist teachings reveal about this moment and how it helps We all find ourselves in an unprecedented situation due to the Corona virus outbreak. If we’re lucky enough to have our basic needs taken care of, this can feel both frightening and liberating. My son is home from school for at least threeContinue reading “We’re in a Bardo”
There is widespread panic and fear about the COVID-19 virus making its way through our society. What only a week ago seemed like a distant new story, has now become the centerpiece of our lives. Schools are closed, parking lots are jam packed as people stand in long lines to buy the last of theContinue reading “3 Easy Steps for Shifting Anxiety on the Spot”
To be kind does not mean we don’t feel the wide spectrum of painful human emotions: anger, fear, criticism, judgement, bitterness…. It’s how we hold these emotions in an atmosphere of complete acceptance and forgiveness that’s the practice of kindness and what makes us kind people to ourselves and others.
The teachings on cocoon can help us both be kind to ourselves and emerge into the fresh alive world
As I sit staring out the window, there is gently falling snow accumulating on the February ground. The sky is white and gray. It’s the kind of quiet where you wonder if you’re the only one in the world. The texture of my inner world reflects this quiet gray. I feel a tenderness and alonenessContinue reading “If you feel sad, there’s nothing wrong. In fact, sadness is our birthright.”
Dear Shambhala, I’ve been meaning to write for a while now. You have been in my thoughts almost everyday since the allegations of sexual misconduct came out against our spiritual teacher and leader, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, almost 2 years ago. I was able to process a lot of my feelings right after it happened withContinue reading “Dear Shambhala, I love you”
When I was around eighteen years old I was in the downtown public library. It was cold and rainy outside and I was taking shelter inside the warm quiet building. I remember I felt like crap. I felt lonely, sad, and felt unlovable. In fact, I had spent pretty much my whole life feeling asContinue reading “This Teaching Changed my Life”
It’s the New Year and many of us are taking on new practices and commitments that we feel will improve our everyday lives. One of the best practices we could take on is meditation. Meditation is a powerful and effective practice because it supports many of the other healthy lifestyle choices we want to haveContinue reading “Get Started with a Meditation Practice”
I was talking with my mom the other evening about Christmas and buying presents for my almost five year old son. I’m not Christian and didn’t grow up religious but we love Christmas in my family. Decorating a tree, the lights, Christamas carols, food, presents, chocolate!! I have such special memories about that time ofContinue reading “Holiday Madness”
For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with self-doubt. Self-doubt that I’m good enough, that I’m capable enough, that I’m pretty enough, that I should speak up for myself, that I did speak up for myself…on and on. At its core, these negative thought patterns are really fundamentally doubting one’s worth as aContinue reading “Overcoming Self-Doubt”
Trauma, being “triggered” and shadow are all popular terms these days (thankfully), but what do they actually mean and how to they relate to our day day lives as leaders? As leaders, we have a longing to grow and change-to become the biggest and most capable version of ourselves. And yet, what holds us back?Continue reading “Why Leaders Can’t Ignore Their Shadows”
One of the most powerful tools we can use to increase our capacity for growth and more evolved states of being as leaders is mindfulness/awareness. It’s a practice we can integrate into our everyday lives that helps us turn the mirror on ourselves, not in a judgmental or critical way, but rather in a wayContinue reading “Mindfulness/Awareness as a Key Practice for Leaders”
When most people think about leadership they think about a role- a CEO, Executive Director, a politician, someone in charge. But the truth is, having a supervisory role and being in charge does not make you a leader. Leadership is about having certain qualities, not a role. If you look at today’s world, especially inContinue reading “The Yin and Yang of Leadership”
We hear the word “ego” a lot these days. But what the heck is the ego and why does it matter? I think the ego is a very misunderstood concept. We’ve popularized the term by saying things like, “he has a big ego” or “it’s just my ego” but we don’t really understand it. AddContinue reading “EGO: What is it and Why should you care?”
I remember being a young girl and finding a flyer that PETA, the animal rights organization, had put out that had photos of animals being abused and suffering. It affected me so deeply, I both couldn’t stand to look at the photos and at the same time couldn’t stop. I finally broke into huge body-heavingContinue reading “Feel overwhelmed by the amount of suffering in the world? Read this.”
How will we implement wisdom into our everyday lives and make the necessary changes so that the spiritual wisdom that’s guiding us will see us as an ally?
When I had my son, I would spend hours watching him stare at the wonderous world around him, everything so brand new. Every sound was a momentous experience, every taste an explosion. He could sit outside in his little baby rocker and stare at the sky, feel the breeze, and listen to the birds withoutContinue reading “Overcoming Habitual Patterns”
This may not be news to you, but I’m going to say it anyway, because it’s worth repeating: you are worthy. Basically Worthy. Now let me repeat that and put it in bold, because I’m not sure you got it: YOU ARE BASICALLY WORTHY. Now let me break it down for you. Basic as inContinue reading “basic worthiness”