Key to the Castle

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Cultivating a Mindful Life

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Below are some of my current favorite books and resources.


Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living, Pema Chodron

How We Choose To Be Happy, Rick Foster & Greg Hicks

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Thich Nhat Hanh

Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Mindful Twenty-Something: life skills to handle stress...& everything else, Holly B. Rogers, MD

Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out, Marci Shimoff

Holding the Center: Sanctuary in a Time of Confusion, Richard Strozzi Heckler

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki


The Way of Transition: Embracing Life's Most Difficult Moments, William Bridges

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Oived Joyful Life, Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

Soul Without Shame: A Guide to Liberating Yourself From the Judge Within, Byron Brown

How Can I Help?, Ram Dass & Paul Gorman

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol S. Dweck

Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness, Dr. Fred Luskin

It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys, Marilyn Paul

The Force of Kindness: change your life with love & compassion, Sharon Salzberg

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, Eckhart Tolle

Greater Good Science Center

TED - Ideas Worth Spreading

"Bound By Books", JoAnne Tobias, The Monthly, December 2009 - Article on Book Clubs that quotes Sue Schleifer


The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, Julia Cameron

The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart, Julia Cameron

Life, Paint and Passion: Reclaiming The Magic of Spontaneous Expression, Michell Cassou and Stewart Cubley

Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life, Natalie Goldberg

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, Natalie Goldberg

The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One, Margaret Lobenstine

The Creativity Book: A Year's Worth of Inspiration and Guidance, Eric Maisel

Refuse to Choose! Use All Of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams, Barbara Sher

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, Twyla Tharp

Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California: Modern Pleasures in a Postmodern World, Mark DeWitt, (Shameless plug for my husband's book)


Change your questions change your life: 10 powerful tools for life and work, Marilee Adams

Conversational Intelligence, Judith E. Glaser

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, Marshall B. Rosenberg

The World Café


Leadership Chronicles of a Corporate Sage: Five Keys to Becoming a More Effective Leader, Susan J. Bethanis

Leadership From The Inside Out, Kevin Cashman

Total Leadership, Stewart Friedman

Working with Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel H. Pink

The Leadership Challenge, James Kouzes and Barry Posner

Lean In: Women, Work, and The Will To Lead, Sheryl Sandberg

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools For Building A Learning Organization, Peter M. Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, Richard B. Ross, Bryan J. Smith

Coaching For Performance by John Whitmore

For Nonprofits

Coaching and Philanthropy Project

Commongood Careers

Compass Point

The Foundation Center



Nonprofit Career Resource Guide


Work for Good

Young Nonprofit Professional Network

Brain and Mind Research

Your Brain at Work, David Rock

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, Daniel J. Siegel

Brain Connection

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education:

Dana Foundation

Mind and Life Institute


International Coach Federation

New Ventures West

On the Value of Coaching:

The New Yorker, Personal Best: Top athletes and singers have coaches. Should you?, Getting 'Unstuck':  Does your life need a coach?

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Getting off the Hamster Wheel

Listen to Sue share three strategies for getting off the hamster wheel.

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