About Gary

Gary Stokes is mapping the universe of poise. His book, Poise: A Warrior's Guide, charts the path toward a fully-realized life, a vibrant integration of presence, connectedness, gratitude, creativity, and light-heartedness. Gary Stokes has been a coach to leaders of transformational change and President of Mountain Consulting. He designed and conducted research to test innovative strategies for reducing poverty in partnership with national foundations, federal and state government, and local communities. As founder and CEO of Move the Mountain Leadership Center, he coached hundreds of leaders, among them Presidential appointees and other top executives in government, education and business. He has written and spoken extensively about the profound personal and organizational challenges facing individual leaders of large-scale change. Mr. Stokes lives with his wife and collaborator, Mary Morris, in Prescott, Arizona.

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How Trump Is Teaching the World About the Game of Life and How Not to Play It

Millions have read Florence Shinn’s classic 1925 advice book, The Game of Life and How to Play It. She was a Christian, so she saw the world in terms of spiritual laws. She begins the book with the most important law: “…whatever man sends out in word or deed, will return to him; what he […]

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Which You Is Showing Up These Days?

Even though my true self lives in Nirvana—a state of awe in which I have no suffering but instead pure joy—my true self does not always show up in my life. Instead, some of the time, my suffering ego—the always hungry ego that cannot be satisfied for more than a moment—shows up to reduce whatever  […]

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We Must Change

For there’s a change in the weather There’s a change in the sea So from now on there’ll be a change in me My walk will be different, my talk and my name Nothin’ about me is going to be the same I’m goin’ to change my way of livin’         “There’ll Be Some Changes […]

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The Troubles with Christmas

As our family Christmas gathering approaches, we might assess the troubles ahead, just in case we aren’t already completely conscious about what goes on at these events.   And most of us are not completely conscious, nor are our relatives and their spouses and kids. There is, we could predict, only a small chance that […]

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The One-step Process to Becoming the World’s Most Successful Person

“Everyone who wants to follow the warrior’s path has to rid himself of the compulsion to possess and hold onto things.” Carlos Castaneda,  The Eagle’s Gift Out here in rural Arizona, lots of my neighbors are armed to the teeth, ready to fight to the death, I guess, for their property and maybe even their […]

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