Parke Sterling

The Two Inner Coaches

Billy Schroeder was absolutely exhausted. He was a few days into a tortuous 10-day marathon practice in West Texas that was being run by Texas A&M’s head football coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant. There were no regular water breaks and no medical personnel on hand to help these student-athletes cope with the temperatures that exceeded 100 …

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How to Stop Falling for the Body’s False Alarms

Imagine you are back in your school days and you look over just in time to spot that mischievous classmate of yours pulling the fire alarm. Instantly, the bells start clanging and the lights start flashing. It’s total chaos. Understandably, some people are clearly panicked. They are half walking, half running in an attempt to …

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Being Awake While You Are Alive Part 2

In Part 1, we talked about why our defacto mode of mindlessness perhaps developed and is exacerbated by this high tech-world of ours. We touched on some of the reasons why we might want to develop this skill of being awake that Dan Harris has dubbed a “superpower.” In this blog, I want to dive …

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Being Awake While You Are Alive Part 1

“An average human looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odor or fragrance, and talks without thinking.” – Leonardo Da Vinci I have to admit, I felt a slight sense of writer’s block coming on when I thought about writing this blog. After all, what could be written about presence or mindfulness that …

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How To Stop Trying To Control Everything Part 2

It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.” Nisargadatta Maharaj In Part 1, we talked about how control is like a compulsion. It feels uncontrollable, …

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How To Stop Trying To Control Everything Part 1

Here’s a measure of “progress.” What have you let go of today? What have you said and meant “Fuck it” to today? Each letting go is a relief, a move toward increased tranquility, awareness, a joy and fulfillment. A Mentor A mother brings her child to Gandhi to seek counsel because the child is eating …

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Why Modern Man is Unhappy & What He Can Do About It Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we talked about the struggle that our hunter-gatherer brains have in making sense of this modern world. At every turn, there seems to be a shiny object that we have been led to believe will be the silver bullet that brings contentment, but so often we …

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