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Shifting Ground November 2020

Dear Friends,

In these challenging times of upheaval and disruption, we are faced with much individual and collective doubt, fear, and anxiety. Time is both speeding us and slowing down simultaneously and we are feeling the effects of how materialistic thinking has affected our lives, our thinking, our social structures, and our culture, often with serious consequences to individuals, communities, and the natural world. At the same time, we are seeing the highest in human beings stepping forward to take courageous initiative to help others.

Rudolf Steiner offered numerous suggestions for facing the challenges that we would meet in our individual and cultural development in these times. He spoke about how to overcome nervousness or anxiety; how to work against fear; how to stay centered; how to work with the light in dark times; how to develop imagination and thinking with the heart.

I have added articles addressing these topics to the resources in hopes they may be of value. You can find them here.

This global crisis provides us with a real opportunity to try to look beyond the immediate disruption, to review our lives, and to regain a sense of order and harmony in our lives - at home, with the family, and in our communities.

We encourage you to take any moment you can to center yourself, remind yourself of what you truly value, and what is important and join with others to engage in courageous initiatives of compassionate service.

I hope you are safe, healthy, and taking care.

Keep in touch,

Michael Soule

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CURRENTS: Moving into Winter 2020

Finding Strength in Spirit during Challenging Times

Like everyone, we at Leading with Spirit are finding these days to be challenging.  The rhythms of our lives been disrupted, and the events unfolding around the world can easily lead us into a kind of despair. It feels at times that there is little we can do to make a difference in the systems we all would like to see changed - deeply embedded racism, economic inequity, a militarized world, and many people with great power continuing to promote negative untruthful narratives that separate people. Through this seeming darkness, it is possible to see new light - A growing light of self-reflection and personal transformation, of empathy for others, of finding small and large groups who share positive values and are working for change. Hope is needed more than ever in these times and it can only come through our own effort. We can see hope in others, and we can be hopeful in ourselves. We have to make hope. Working with our teacher training students at Sound Circle Center, and our Leading with Spirit Administrative training advisees, we are aware of the challenges people are facing, and the ways they are, day by day, meeting them with courage. This continues to be the joy and inspiration in our work. As we continue, please let us know if we can be of help in any way. 

Michael Soule

IN FOCUS: Newsletter: Renewing Governance

Check out our other newsletters on Collaboration, Mentoring, Communications, (and 10 others) along with over 200 articles focusing on Leadership, Collaboration and Waldorf School Administration in our resources section.

  • Renewing GovernanceJuly 9, 2015 - 7:44 am

    Renewing Governance More and more organizations are seeking to find new governance structures and practices that support a balance between individual creativity and organizational harmony and effectiveness. This was the case 100 years ago when the first Waldorf School was founded. In the past 100 years, we have had the benefit of a great deal […]

  • Understanding Governance by Michael SouleJuly 9, 2015 - 6:48 am

    Understanding Governance by Michael Soule   Every organization struggles with the question of how to establish and maintain good governance. Even the definition of  governance can be a challenge. Just like the descriptors  “environmental” or “sustainable” can mean different things, so too can the term “governance”. Nevertheless, we as leaders must constantly strive to understand […]

  • Governance Models, An Essay by Nathan Garber with Reflections by Michael SouleJuly 9, 2015 - 5:07 am

    Reflections on Nathan Garber’s Article on Governance Models The article below by Nathan Garber is a good review and summary of the basic typical models of governance in organizations and the role that boards play in the different models. In Waldorf schools, there are many variations of governance models with most following a variation on […]

  • Self Administration and Governance in Waldorf Schools, Chris SchaeferJuly 9, 2015 - 4:09 am

    III   Self-Administration and Governance in Waldorf Schools   Seek the real practical life but seek it in a way that does not blind you to the spirit working in it. Seek the spirit but do not seek it out of spiritual egoism, from spiritual greed, but look for it because you want to apply […]

  • Personal Reflections on Waldorf School Governance and Effective Practices, Lynn KernJuly 9, 2015 - 3:33 am

        Personal Reflections on Governance: The Eleven Keys to Success Lynn Kern   The research into School Governance is one of the most widely anticipated topics in the long history of the Effective Practices research project. Schools have been struggling with the questions of how best to organize themselves and manage their affairs so […]