The Liberated Life Toolkit

In addition to the Bookshelf page, this is a list of individuals, organizations, and websites that I’ve found incredibly helpful in my own life.

A few of these are affiliate links, which means that I receive a portion of anything you might choose to purchase from these folks. This is a great way to support The Liberated Life Project (it does take a few pennies to pay for web hosting and other assorted web-ly things). Please know that I only recommend products that I have felt good about using myself and that I think you’ll benefit from.

Nourishing the Spirit

The Shift Network No matter where you live on the planet, you can access the wisdom collected on The Shift Network, a website that “aims to empower a global movement of people who are creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that in turn leads to a more enlightened society.” Tele-courses feature teachers such as Marianne Williamson, Robert Thurman, and the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.

Center for Contemplative Mind in Society The Center is a pioneer in making contemplative practices (like meditation and yoga) available and accessible to a wide audience. If you’re looking for a way to start a contemplative practice or want to learn how to integrate your current into your daily life, check out these folks. And take a look at this Tree of Practices while you’re on the site… I created it while I worked at the Center.

Upaya Zen Center This is my spiritual home, in Santa Fe, NM. I’ve been studying and practicing Buddhism here since 1994. Upaya, founded by Roshi Joan Halifax, offers an amazing variety of retreats and workshops throughout the year. There’s also a great collection of podcasts on the Upaya website. It’s a wonderful place if you’re just starting to explore meditation, and also if you’re a seasoned practitioner. Hope to see you here sometime soon!

The 7-Week Life Cleanse from Katie Tallo is a simple guide to infusing your life with momentum so that you can move directly and passionately towards the life you want. The weekly worksheets and questions are your tools for change. They’ll spark your awareness and ease you towards a sustainable plan. Click here to visit Momentum Gathering.

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Right Livelihood/Financial Liberation

Unconventional Guides
If you’re looking to make the break from working for someone else and get started in setting up your own business, Chris Guillebeau’s Unconventional Guides are great. I’ve used the Unconventional Guide to Working for Yourself and the Empire Building Kit and highly recommend both of them. You can read a review I wrote on the Empire Building Kit here.

George Kao has been my social media and business coach for the last year. Everything George does is based in integrity and kindness… combine that with his encyclopedic knowledge of social media and online marketing, and you’ve got a fantastic resource person on your side. George frequently offers free webinars, including one on how to make a great living teaching what you love.

If you happen to work in a small nonprofit and need help with generating some more enthusiasm and engagement among your constituents, please allow me to recommend myself : ) Check out my Five Directions coaching and consulting services.

Bankaholic is a website that gives you a heads up on the best rates to be found for CDs as well as credit cards and loans.

Smarty Pig combines great interest rates on a savings account (or at least as great as you’ll find these days) with social networking. Set up an account on Smarty Pig and then invite your friends and family to contribute toward your saving goal. Very cool.

Thrive is an online money management site that’s free to use, and will be a big help as you work toward financial goals like paying off credit card debt and increasing your savings.

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Creative Hot Spots


Danielle LaPorte’s White Hot Truth is one bodacious blog.

Ashes and Snow This has to be the most beautiful website in the world. If you’re in need of some awe, in the ancient sense of the word, log into this site and sit down for a long time to soak it all in. Amazing music and visuals.

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Relationship Wisdom

Susan Piver Susan wrote a really wonderful book, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart: How to Turn the Pain of a Breakup Into Healing, Insight, and New Love. Although the focus of that book is on the ending of romantic relationships, Susan is all about BIG love. I got to meet her at the Shambhala Center in Albuquerque, NM, (Susan is a meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition), and can attest to her wisdom in the area of relationships of all kinds.

One of the best books I have ever read on relationships, bar none, is Undefended Love by San Francisco Bay Area therapists Jett Psaris and Marlena Lyons. They have a website that goes into more detail about their philosophy and approach, and includes a calendar of their workshops and other events.

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Integrating Personal and Social Transformation

YES! magazine and website has been one of my favorite publications for a long time. They do a great job of sharing positive stories of social change and actionable ideas during this time when we get so little of that in the mainstream media. Themes of recent issues have included, “The New Economy,” “Food for Everyone,” and “Sustainable Happiness.”

Rowdy Kittens The tagline of this blog is “social change through simple living.” Tammy Stroebel, the author, writes about downsizing, entrepreneurship, and living without a car… all things that can be world-changing.

Zen Peacekeeper This blog comes from Marianne Elliot, based in New Zealand, a former lawyer who is now a yoga teacher, human rights advocate, and writer. Marianne’s reflections on her own life and the state of the world are always engaging and action-provoking.

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  1. Excellent resources! I’ve bookmarked this page. Thanks!

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All my life, I’ve loved the idea of liberation and looking deeply into the question: What does it really mean to be free?

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