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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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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Why I Don’t Trust Your Feelings

emotion: 1. agitation of the passions or sensibilities often involving physiological changes.    2. Any strong feeling as of joy, sorrow, reverence, hate, or love arising subjectively rather than through conscious mental effort. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language Lots of us have been taught to trust our feelings. Bad idea. Most people seem […]

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Welcome Your New Guardian Angels

Lots of people claim that they have a guardian angel looking after them, helping them avoid danger and assisting in their every endeavor.  Unfortunately, their claims can never be verified, so we have to assume that their guardian angels are a creative personal response to life’s uncertainties, a psychological creation that gives them comfort. The […]

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