The Fate of Intention

That which is never tried is guaranteed to be impossible. It is much less difficult, in the short term at least, to merely do what is in front of us, to take what is handed to us, and to accept the results of that as our fate. Fate excuses us from responsibility and from action….

Unleash Yourself From Distraction

Procrastination is nothing more than resistance to improvement. There are more reasons to be distracted than ever. There are also more ways than ever to do creative work that we can be proud of. In every moment of every day, we get to decide which path we take between distraction and creation, between acquiescence and…

New Year + New Habits = New You

We need habits, not resolutions. Much more than our decisions, our actions determine who we become. The more that we do something new, the more we change. The easiest way to change who we are and who we become is not to resolve to do so, but to actually do so. Usually, this is a…

The Wealth of Presence

“Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” —My father via John Lennon via Allen Saunders The pursuit of wealth is actually just the pursuit of the experiences that having wealth affords us. Money, after all, has no intrinsic worth. It is just numbers and paper that we trade for…

Cross-Training For Aikido Pt 2: Reigi

If we are truly trying to embody the principles of our martial practice, we must be able to do so in all environments, even, or perhaps especially, within those environments that we perceive as hostile. There is a lot of talk in the aikido community about cross-training in grappling and/or striking arts as a means…