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 […]

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 […]

Why you need to know the sound of one hand clapping.

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 […]

Punch if you just want to fight, punch through if you want to win.

Martial arts, whether in practice or in philosophy, have been a fundamental part of my beliefs since I was a kid. One principle Sensei would always emphasize when we were practising our punches or kicks against pads was that we should aim to kick not at the pad, but right through the person holding it. […]

How to cross the chasm (and live to tell the tale)

The other side… The world that we imagine, wish for, fantasize. If we could escape, that’s where we’d go. It may be the sound of the sea, the splashing of the surf, a fluttering sail, the whirr of a fishing line. It may be the smell of grass, the whack of the club on the […]