Creative Brain

CALL TO ACTION– Be an Activist: Choose to Live Above the Line

Are you feeling stressed out about the current political landscape? Want to have a flowing, maybe even an enjoyable experience of the US election? Here’s an invitation: Below is a reprise of a post I wrote in 2017. It will give you the context for what I’m up to. I’m bringing together anyone who commits …

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Relationship DIY Podcast #8: Get to the shore!

Have you ever felt like you were getting swept away by emotion? Had an interaction with someone where one (or both) of you were going DOWN? In this podcast, Dr. Colwell takes you through a concrete, easy-to-remember picture about what to do when in an emotional flood: Just get to the shore!

Relationship DIY Podcast Episode #7

The SHIFT: Moving from Reactive Brain to Creative Brain. The skill for getting out of relationship conflict is to notice when you’re in Reactive Brain and then know how to move into Creative Brain. In this episode, Dr. Colwell gives you an introduction to this powerful ability.

The scourge of blame

A plane is shot down with hundreds of lives lost, thousands more forever changed. Boys playing on the beach are bombed into unrecognizability. The finger-pointing begins, warships are on alert. Tremendous energy is used up in an age-old human practice: Blame. Blame’s favorite sibling is, of course, being right. As in: I am so sure …

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A response to the theatre shootings

WAKE UP! Another mass shooting. 12 dead, 58 wounded watching a movie. WAKE UP! 69 people killed at a Norwegian summer camp. WAKE UP! 13 high school students shot. The Twin Towers attacked; over 3,000 killed. 300 killed in Syria.  More than 100,000 Iraqi citizens and 4,486 Americans killed in a war over WMD that were …

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Are you interested in adding your body into your work?

I taught a training this morning with some employees who do front-line, angry-customers-in-their faces kind of work. We played around with Reactive Brain and Creative Brain, how to tell one from the other. I advocated to this women-only crowd the radical notion that they prioritize taking care of their own bodies, which were clearly paying …

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Solving global warming (and other calamities)

(Earlier today, a beloved member of the Intensive Learning Community here at the BC3 posted about her grief and despair about global warming. We’ve had no precipitation at all in the Boulder/Denver area, during March, generally the snowiest month, and there are still wildfires burning. This is what I posted back to her.) I’ve been …

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Loving obstacles

I’m a student of manifestation. I have ongoing intentions, I write them down and speak them out loud, I believe that living in integrity gives them more strength. As I’ve played with all of this over the years, I’ve noticed that manifesting isn’t the linear path I’d imagined it to be. I might be verrry …

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Problem-solving from above or below the line

If you’ve read my new book, The Relationship Ride: A Usable, Unusual, Transformative Guide, you’re familiar with my ideas about Creative Brain versus Reactive Brain. To review these concepts (or just introduce them), humans go into automatic reactivity when we perceive any threat to our bodies or to our selves. When the threat subsides, the …

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