October 7, 2021

Welcome to Our New Executive Directors!

Read Barbara Mathison’s Letter Here Read Liz Vanderwerff’s Letter Here Dear Deep Living Lab Community, It is with full hearts and open arms that we welcome our first Deep Living […]
August 24, 2021

The Belly Center – Our Anchor Brain

The Shape of Center, Part One This blog will be the first in a three-part series exploring our sensory connection to the Three Centers of Intelligence: Belly, Heart, and Head, with […]
July 1, 2021

Embodied Presence and The Ground Of Being

Listen to the article here: Listen to the Grounding Meditation here: We are born from a body, into a body, and it is through the body that we come to […]
June 4, 2021

Roxanne Returns to Dr. Farish’s Show on Voice America

Mark your calendars! Roxanne’s second interview with Voice America’s Dr. Jean Marie Farish will be released on Friday, June 18th!⁠⁠The episode will be available for streaming or download at the […]
May 19, 2021

Winner of BPFA Benjamin Franklin Award

We’re grateful for the prestigious Silver IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award in the Body/Mind/Spirit category! Join us in celebrating the latest of 5 regional and national awards for Deep Living with the Enneagram: […]
April 13, 2021

Audio Meditation: The Heart as An Inner Refuge

How is your heart? We invite you to take the next few minutes to turn inwards, paying attention to the sensations and messages from your heart center. In this meditation, […]
March 15, 2021

Deep Living Institute Is Now Deep Living Lab

To Our Deep Living Community, For many years, we as coaches, teachers, facilitators, and authors have learned together under the umbrella of The Deep Living Institute.  With careful reflection, we […]
March 8, 2021

Beyond Duality Retreat: The Communal Heart

We hope to see you at our next virtual retreat, where we will explore the Portal of Communion, represented by the horizontal line between Enneagram Points 7 and 2. This […]
February 23, 2021

Messages from Your True Nature

“The experience of needing to change what we think is inherently wrong with ourselves is deeply rooted in the personality structure. The experience of the great loss [for each type] […]
December 14, 2020

Entryways to Stillness

Photo credit: Laurie Cummins Listen to this blog post: I invite you to take two conscious breaths before reading on………. And then with the next breath, allow yourself to settle […]
December 13, 2020

How Does Anxiety Show Up for You?

With anxiety we can use different words that describe our experience of it.  Our personal experiences are just that – personal.  And yet, there is a familiarity / connection when […]
November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving and the Dimensions of Gratitude

The Deep Living Institute Team wishes you and your loved ones a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and offer you these readings on gratitude and new perspectives on this holiday. Read […]
October 30, 2020

A Little Bit of Light

This is a challenging time.  There is a lot happening.  Social discord, continuing pandemic concerns, and the outcome of the US election (impacting every nation on earth) are all converging […]
September 3, 2020

Coming Back to Presence Through Our Bodies

Are you finding yourself in your head most of the time these days? It’s easy to forget that we have these bodies – and hearts – in addition to our […]
July 15, 2020

Calling Ourselves In to Antiracism Work

A Conversation with Deep Living Coaches Irma Velasquez and Brian Mitchell-Walker The Deep Living Institute team believes that for those of us in a position of privilege, we must listen, educate […]
March 31, 2020

How Do We Prepare for the New We Are Experiencing?

Let Grace In The atmosphere of our world is pregnant with anxiety, fear, and panic as we approach a new frontier in the age of Covid-19.  Hyper-focus on all that […]
February 28, 2020

Pain as a Doorway for Love

I have been preoccupied with questions about pain lately. This didn’t start as an intellectual endeavor, but rather as the result of a few significant losses–both my own and of […]
December 31, 2019

The First Brush Stroke on A Blank Canvas

Uncertainty and the creative process I have been drawing ever since I can remember, and it is an obsession that brings me both great agony and tremendous pleasure. After decades […]
November 7, 2019

Opening the Heart through Gratitude

When I witness the many ways either I am struggling, or any part of creation is struggling, it is hard to feel anything.  In the past I have been great […]
October 8, 2019

Repeated Phrases Tell a Story of Their Own

How many of us have experienced the gift of someone who has noticed our repeating phrases or stories? How has this precious way of caring affected us? My heart opens as I recall all who express their care for me in this way.
September 12, 2019

What Is Your Body Craving, Right Now?

How 9/11 started me on the path to a deeper connection with my body – and myself. I opened my eyes on September 12, 2001 and gazed at the light […]
August 15, 2019

Becoming Mom: A Deep Living Practice

In February 2001, I traveled to China to adopt my first child. I had been working with the Enneagram for several years, but my understanding was still quite limited. At […]
June 24, 2019

No Escaping Reality: The Deep Living Practice of “Being With”

Deep Living is a practical approach to transformation. In this deeply personal share, one of our teachers shares how she has used our practice of "being with" to face some of her most difficult realities.
May 11, 2019

The Cord

A central experience around my mother was the cutting of my umbilical core. Was the cord mine, hers or ours? What I remember most about my early relationship with my mother is that it was one of searching, longing, and working towards a connection with her. Even when growing up in a Latin culture surrounded by ...
February 21, 2019

Have you remembered to look up today?

To allow your awareness to float down into your being, below the level of mental activity, to connect with your grounded belly and your spacious heart, to then take in […]
June 30, 2018

Wise Teachers

My son Aaron has been a wise teacher. In the twenty-five years that he has shared my life, I have learned many lessons. The most powerful ones have led to […]
March 27, 2014

An Enduring Lesson From Deep Living

It’s been just a year since the publication of Deep Living: Transforming Your Relationship to Everything That Matters through the Enneagram. My own experiences of deep living have continued to […]
October 18, 2013

Whole-Hearted Embrace of an Awakening Life

As I write, I am aglow. I just had the privilege of leading my second phone call with a group of inmates in a federal corrections facility who are studying […]
August 11, 2013

Personality As a Primary Root of Distress

After a coaching session, a client remarked that she had experienced what she called spiritual chiropractic during our work. She said that her body had an internal shift, an energetic […]
April 30, 2013

How Do We Know Ourselves?

This weekend, my husband and I attended a rather tongue-in-cheek “Hollywood’ party where costumes were encouraged. We decided to go for it, and assumed the identities of King Arthur and […]
April 4, 2013

A Fresh Take on Personal Development #2

Almost everyone wants to know more about who they are, to feel whole and completely at home within themselves. We want to be loving and to be loved. And it […]
March 27, 2013

A Fresh Take on Personal Development

I’ve fallen in love again—with a cello! A couple of months ago, I acquired this beauty, and it’s a wonderful addition to my life. And even though I have a […]
January 4, 2013

Making Room for Your Inner Authority

While it’s not something talked openly about in “polite” conversations, here’s one thing that everyone in the world has in common-the inner critic. It is found in every hard-held opinion […]
October 5, 2012

Reclaim Your Corn

Taos Pueblo, a Native American village, is considered by many to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the U.S. Located in Taos, New Mexico; it has been inhabited for over 1,000 years. This last week-end, my husband and I attended a celebration at the pueblo encouraging and honoring the ritual of growing corn on the pueblo. It was a humbling and inspiring experience.
October 3, 2012

The Passing of a Teacher, Friend and Colleague

It has been just over a month since Don Richard Riso passed from this earth. I’ve been wanting to write about Don, honoring the astonishing body of work on the Enneagram that he discovered and has been refining since his early introduction to the system in 1973, his far-reaching impact, and his unparalleled significance in my own life, but the words to share publicly evaded me. They didn’t seem adequate. Many others have been writing their memories of Don, and it seemed I needed to wait. Now is the time.
August 31, 2012

Showing Up for Our Great Work

This week the new Deep Coaching Institute’s training cohort began its 10-month long personal and professional development journey together. My heart is full. Once again, we have a richly diverse and experienced group of professionals from around the world who have decided that they want to take the leap into living and guiding others from a place of presence and deep intelligence. Some of our recent graduates have chosen to serve as mentors to their new colleagues-in-training. Talented faculty who are dedicated to their own inner work, as well as professional excellence, are serving as teachers and guide. And the support of our staff can be felt at every turn.
August 21, 2012

The Vertical Dimension of the Personality

Do you ever wonder why, in the same day, you can experience totally different levels of happiness and fulfillment? You might be going about your regular routine, feeling fine, and then make a phone call, and find yourself reeling into anger or frustration. Later in the day, after a positive encounter with a friend, you feel upbeat. Why?
August 14, 2012

Real Choice

I love my new “hometown,” beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. My husband and I have been visiting the astonishing high desert area in Northern New Mexico since 1988, lived in the area in spurts at different times, and finally, heeded the call to put down our roots here.
August 7, 2012

Is the Critic Having Its Way With You?

I was recently listening to TV host and comic, David Letterman interviewing the young and now popular star of a blow-out film bringing in megabucks. When he asked about her experience in the film, she replied with the usual enthusiasm for the cast and director. There was just one caveat. The casting, she emphasized, was perfect except for one person—her.
August 3, 2012

It’s a Journey of a Lifetime

My name is Roxanne Howe-Murphy. By way of introduction to this blog about this astonishing human journey that we are on, and how we might come into a deeper relationship with ourselves, with others, and with Reality, I wanted to share a few thoughts about my own journey.