Give To Get

There are no guarantees that we will get out of something what we put into it. We may get more or we may get less than we put in, but things are rarely, if ever, truly equal. This should not discourage us from trying, however. After all, one way to guarantee that we receive less…

The Balance Of Give And Take

Some people are natural givers and others are natural takers, but both extremes can be equally destructive if not properly balanced with their opposite. When we describe someone as a taker, a person who is uncompromisingly selfish and who demands more of a relationship than he or she is willing to give back to it,…

To Those Who So Often Put Others First (Happy Mother’s Day)

The essence of motherliness is to do for others with a spirit of love, generosity, and protection. When we first opened Kogen Dojo, one of the primary considerations was how to best serve the female members of our community, especially the mothers to our community’s children. For context, all three of the founders of Kogen…

Return To Your Center (Be Kind)

Kindness is never a wasted effort. When we are kind to others, we begin to change and they begin to change. This change may not be immediately observable, by us or those to whom our kindness is directed, but a small change occurs with every exchange of kindness nonetheless. If applied consistently, these infinitesimal, often…

Art Is The Result (Not The Goal)

“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”― Steven Pressfield, ‘The War of Art’ The artist’s commitment is not to doing good work, but simply to doing work. Whether that work is good or not can only be determined in hindsight, once it has…