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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Let’s Go Wild

“Life consists with wildness.   The most alive is the wildest.”         Henry Thoreau, Walking         We are wondrously wild when we are born, living in awe. Then we are systematically tamed by our family, teachers, neighbors, the media, and government—almost all of the adults in our lives as we grow up. The […]

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Pioneering on the Frontiers of Human Emergence

We’ve discovered that the universe is not a place; it’s a story, a story of an irreversible sequence of emergent events. For a long time we thought that the universe was an established realm that had its major creativity happening only at the beginning of time. We now understand that the universe is an ongoing […]

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My Advisor, Death

      Do not go gentle into that good night,     Old age should burn and rave at close of day;     Rage, rage against the dying of the light.             Do not go gentle into that good night  Dylan Thomas Death has been my invaluable advisor for decades, the advisor all warriors hold […]

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How to Avoid Letting Trumpdom or Any Other Challenge of the Moment Drive You Mad

 “To fight the unconsciousness you become the unconscious.”   Eckhart Tolle                               The current political realities are a subject of conversation at nearly every social event that Mary and I attend.  The latest news revelations get chewed on with earnest concern […]

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The Life-Shrinking Price of Feeling Separate

                                A friend tells me that she awakens each day with a pain in her stomach because she is filled with anxiety about the Trump presidency. She is convinced that Trump is the cause of her emotional state. We can’t […]

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