Stop impressing your boss (do this instead!)

For the larger part of the adult population, the single biggest share of time is spent almost exclusively in the company of work colleagues, clients, and bosses. And because of this idea that our relationship with them is pivotal to our life, these are the people who we are most likely to make efforts to […]

WSTL-Receiving

Can you get as good as you give?

Giving. Compassion. Generosity. The list of words that describe this simple gesture pervades all kinds of teachings, from spiritual and religious to conscientious entrepreneurship to success stories and life habits of extraordinary people. For most people this concept, even if not necessarily executed in daily life to its full potential, at the very least rings […]

"Experience teaches only the teachable" A. Huxley

Why your experience does not matter (and how to make it matter!)

I get many opportunities to meet experts. Some are openly proclaimed experts, people who are respected by their peers, who have a long trail of recognitions and publicly recognised accomplishments. Others are people whom I consider to be experts, people who inspire me with their contagiously great attitude and profound ability to contribute wisdom around […]

Gratitude

The fights we do not have to fight.

Gratitude. Its a big word, and like many big words, it has become diluted through mis-use by all kinds of motivational and spiritual experts. so perhaps it is appropriate to attempt to reclaim it’s true potency. It is often said that the character of a person is shaped defined by the challenges he or she […]

"We are always getting ready to live but never living" R. W. Emerson.

10 Ways to Win Back Your Mind.

This is the conclusion to this 4-part series on mindfulness. If you have missed any of the preceding posts, you can read them by clicking on the links at the end of this post. So, now that you know that mindfulness is a powerfully good thing to practice, let’s get to it. I have compiled […]

The awesome things that mindfulness does to your brain!

“You can’t run that fast. He/She is not going to be interested in you. You look frumpy. People are not going to like your haircut. Your voice sounds funny. OMG is that a wrinkle??? They will never accept those terms. Blah blah blah.”   “Oh, hello, this is your inner voice speaking. I am going […]

Winning the Battle for Your Mind – part 2

Sometimes it is simpler to begin communicating a concept by what it is not in order to get to what it is. Mindfulness is one of those concepts. Mindfulness is a tremendously evocative word, often associated with mystical experiences, ascetic and monastic lifestyles, intense discipline, ritual and seclusion. While all these may be true to […]

Roanji Ston Garden, Kyoto. Photo by Winfried Sitte

Who is Winning the Battle for Your Mind?

Mindfulness. Like many others before it, it has become the new buzzword in success circles. It’s use has progressively surged in the last 5 years, so much in fact that in the last six years it’s Google interest rating has constantly risen from 40 (out of 100) to 92!. In 2013 it exploded onto the […]

8 Lessons I Learned from Clearing Bamboo.

Some time ago one of my neighbours called me over to show me a retaining wall that was beginning to be pushed over by a lush and tall bamboo cluster on our side of it. The numerous slender poles that were closest to the wall were swaying in the breeze and when they made contact […]

The Burden of the “Also Ran”.

“I am not out to win any trophies, I am just happy to do well” It seems like a fair enough statement, I have heard it and said it many times before. For most of my life I never realized how much this had actually affected -and cost me- in my outcomes. Embedded in that […]