Creative Solutions

Seriousness does not solve problems. 

We often think that the solution to a frightening or frustrating problem is to take it more seriously or to become more serious ourselves. 

By doing so, however, our tendency is to tense up and tension creates resistance. 

Instead of helping us, resistance actually hinders our ability to discover solutions to our problems. 

Resistance begets resistance, putting us at odds with that with witch we are trying to overcome. 

As counter-intuitive as it may seem, when we are faced with an overwhelming situation for which we are seeking a solution, our best course of action is to relax. 

By relaxing, we allow ourselves room for curiosity and curiosity breeds creativity. 

A creative state, not a tense, resistant state, is the place from which the best solutions arise, and creativity tends to respond better to playfulness than it does to seriousness. 

‘Creative Solutions’ by Robert Van Valkenburgh

HOLISTIC BUDO: As in Life, so too in Budo. As in Budo, so too in Life.

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