December 2021 | Experiencing the Extraordinary

Happy holidays! We wind down the year with our final issue of the ITP practice resources newsletter by focusing on the extraordinary in everyday life. These past weeks are so often a blur of to-do lists and year-end tasks. We hope that the content below offers a gentle reminder to slow down and inhabit a sense of awe in the life we are given.

Terry Tempest Williams believes "Awe is the moment when ego surrenders to wonder," and what could be a more gentle and transformative practice tool to connect to the divine than taking in a beautiful sunset or being present to the caring touch from a loved one?

Fortunately, we don't have to wait for a grand moment to enjoy the benefits of inhabiting a sense of awe. By cultivating "exquisite attention" and creating the conditions to open to the divine, we can begin to understand our extraordinary capacities and potential inside.

As always, thank you for your wholehearted participation in this community over the past year. Your support and enthusiasm help shape and evolve this practice in profound ways. We look forward to walking this transformative path together in 2022. Happy holidays and a bright new year!


"Through grace we are granted such priceless gifts as self-transcending love, joy and peace as well as those extraordinary capacities that lift us above the commonplace."

- George Leonard and Michael Murphy

The Life We Are Given


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Listen to the Recording

Attention is Life and How to Cultivate "Exquisite Attention"

It turns out that attention isn’t just about getting focused, it’s also about opening up. Opening up to new ideas, opening up to your intuition, and opening up to luck. In this episode, Jocelyn K. Glei chats with writer and podcaster Jonathan Fields about how to cultivate “exquisite attention,” a finely-tuned awareness that allows us to unlock new pathways for creativity, connection, and luck.


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Read the Article

Inhabiting Awe in Everyday Life

The routine of daily life can begin to dull our senses if we aren’t intentional and present to moments of awe and wonder. This article, a summary drawn from the 2018 workshop “Inhabit Awe,” co-led by Pam Kramer, ITPI President and Christina Grote, ITPI Board Chair, reminds us that when we take time to notice beauty, wonder and awe, we are better able to discover the extraordinary within ourselves.


Watch the Video

Recognizing your Inner Genius

with George Leonard

The human brain has the incredible power to recognize, rebuild and reconstruct itself throughout your life. Get inspired by the potential you have for transformation in this talk led by co-founder George Leonard, and recognize your own inner genius.


Experience the Practice

Touching the World Exercise

Engage in an enlivening experience of the extraordinary in the ordinary in this Leonard Energy Training exercise. Awaken to the felt sense of our human connection to all of life by the sheer act of "touching in" to the natural world through your fingertips.


Learn More

Practice with Us: Online Weekly Kata

Join us in practicing the ITP Kata together each Thursday, 4:30 pm PT. This online offering, led by ITP teachers via Zoom, is extended to members of our community to provide connection, support and sustenance. Following the guided Kata session, you will have the opportunity to connect with the group for a 15-minute period of personal sharing.

Our aim is to awaken the world to its fullest potential through the discovery and experience of our highest potential and extraordinary capacities of body, mind, heart and soul.

ITP International


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