Aligning Consciences (The Group And The Individual)

Every group has a conscience, but we must ask ourselves whether that conscience aligns with our own. Some extreme examples notwithstanding, each of us has a conscience, an inner compass if you will, that, if we allow it to, guides our attitudes, outlooks, and decisions. Whenever two or more people gather together for any purpose,…

On Non-Resistance (A Jiu-Jitsu Lesson)

Long-lasting solutions begin with empathy, not animosity. If we want to make a change in our lives, we will inevitably come up against resistance. Instead of perceiving this resistance as a negative thing, we should embrace it for the lessons it offers. Resistance forces us to know ourselves, our desires, our capabilities, and to adjust…

Balance Is A Dynamic Skill

There is no balance without turmoil. Life will never be truly fair and our relationships will never be truly even in terms of what is given and what is taken. Some people will always be more fortunate while others are less so, and some people will always give more of themselves than is necessary while…

Connection And Division

Ultimately, the choice we have is between connection and division. In all decisions, we are either moving towards or away from our goals, our desires, and each other. We are either connecting deeper with who we are, who we want to be, and with the people in our lives or we are disconnecting and becoming…

Our Children Are Watching Us Do What Is Right (Or Wrong)

The best time to do what is right is before we are told to, but doing so after we are told to is a close second. The most important trait we can pass down to our children is a moral compass, the ability to know and do what is right even when peers, society at…