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September 6, 2015

CALM DURING THE STORM

Before acting, one should rest in a state of equanimity, indifferent to the results of the action, so that the action happens naturally without any sense of it being “your” action. – Chuang-tzu Equanimity is defined as mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation. One could also call it coolheadedness. - Read More -

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August 18, 2015

WHEN IS NOW?

After several weeks of travel, I slept for the entire weekend to recover. Exciting, right? :) As I found some secret store of energy this morning, I woke up early and went for a long bike ride. Listening to meditative tunes, I started getting back to Zen ;) A quote from Rumi kept repeating itself - Read More -

mountain reflection
July 1, 2015

STAY PRESENT

Sometimes I catch myself getting future focused. Writing, editing, and publishing a book means I have a to-do list that never seems to end. I’m driven to create and share. And it requires that I think ahead a lot. However, a friend reminded me to “stay present ;)” in a note recently and it really - Read More -

mistaya canyon
June 26, 2015

OPTIONS

The world is vast. Our perception is so often limited. Having options is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. Should I stay or go? Should I invest in this or that? Will this decision result in a loss or gain? If we first take a breath and then take a step back, - Read More -

tetris
June 8, 2015

TETRIS

This morning I woke up and wanted to play Tetris (the 80′s video puzzle game), so I did.  As I played, I felt in control of the process. The tiles fell and I quickly put them in place. I breezed through the first eight levels. Even if I misplaced a piece, I had time to - Read More -

salk insitute
April 17, 2015

FOCUSED ATTENTION

Most of the time it feels like I have a million things to do. I’m very good at adding projects into my life haha However, I find that I am not able to make progress on any of them unless I focus my attention on one task at at time. As I said to a friend - Read More -

have a rest
March 18, 2015

PERSPECTIVE

I am considering the importance of perspective from my hotel room in lovely (but very hot and humid!) Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. I think that life largely gives you what you expect. If you are expecting a difficult situation, full of conflict, that is often what you will receive. Alternatively, if you view the situation as easy - Read More -

capilano waterfall vancouver
February 15, 2015

THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE

There are three types of people in the world: One who is like carving on a rock, one who is like scratching on the ground, and one who is like writing on the water. What sort of person is like carving on a rock? Imagine a certain person who is always getting angry and his - Read More -

huka falls
January 29, 2015

IMPERMANENCE

I always consider water to be the element of Taoism. Water represents flow, impermanence, and humility. You cannot step into the same river twice. Like life, the river changes constantly. From the Tao Te Ching: The highest good is like water. Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive. It flows in - Read More -

hold your breath
January 27, 2015

TAKE A BREATH

  Sometimes when I’m intensely focused on something — or even during a massage! — I will suddenly realize that I’m holding my breath. This does not happen to the point of being unable to breathe, but just enough to make me aware that I’m not relaxed. In those moments of realization, I remind myself - Read More -

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