Few people would ever reject the idea that that there is something odd, unconventional or unique about them. It is the pedestal upon which a sense of self-identity is built, and we go to great lengths to defend it, we believe in it, and we know it as our own, in all its weirdness and flaws.
But what if we have made our own pedestal too low?
Happy new Year 2015! As the smoke from the fireworks has dispersed, the ink on your New-Years-resolutions has dried, and you have already written off at least 8 items as unachievable, I would like to suggest a completely different way of launching into the new year. Remove yourself from those highly desirable, highly improbably and […]
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 […]
“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 […]
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese proverb. I am sure that I am not the only person who frequently hears the umpteen variants of “Now is not a good time for me to take this on”, and I am certain that you […]
Economic cycle. Seasonal cycle. Property Cycle. Water Cycle. There is a cycle for just about every bad situation out there, and because of it, it’s going to get better, right? There are physical phenomena that are classified as cycles, such as the water cycle. But we can not simply assume that everything that has variations […]
Congratulations! Today your New Year’s Resolutions turns 30. Hang on, what New Year’s Resolutions? Struggling to remember yours? Perhaps some did not turn 30. Perhaps they tragically deceased sometime in the last 30 days, bullied out of existence by the relentlessness of every-day life. Erased from your schedule by other tasks that promoted themselves as […]
We live in a time where we take so many privileges for granted. When we need anything, whether it is food, knowledge, technology or a simple creature comfort, it takes a laughable effort to source it, get it verified and get access to it. We can study anything we want, connect with almost anyone in […]
To help the student zen monks attain enlightenment, the teacher gives each a riddle that can not be solved with conventional thinking. These riddle takes the form of thought-provoking and paradoxical anecdotes called Kōan. The famous expression “sound of one hand clapping” originated from such an anecdote and embodies the essence of the Kōan. The Kōan is the […]
Several years ago I was in a very unpleasant situation that had become a protracted problem with no practical end in sight. I was extremely frustrated, and stood to loose significant assets. I could see no way forward, I was stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place. On afternoon, as I was reviewing […]