Stillness Guides Progress

For those of us driven by creativity, by innovation, and progress, the idea of being still can feel threatening, sometimes even life-threatening. Some of us need to stay in motion in order to feel alive. We need to be doing something, to be working on something, or to be making something in order to feel…

Managing Space (A Jiu-Jitsu Lesson)

Sometimes the best input is silence and the best proximity is distance. There are more people than ever who want to tell us how to feel, what to believe, and how to act, but there are very few who are actually concerned with how we feel, what we believe, and what we want to do…

Inward And Onward

There is no way to know where we are headed if we are constantly looking sideways. With the ubiquitous nature of social media in our lives, it is easier than ever to compare ourselves and our lives to others, to look at them, or at least what they project and to feel like we are…

Peace is a Practice

Sitting still is not the same as being present. When I was about 19 years old, a friend and mentor introduced me to the philosophies, religions, and spiritual practices of South and East Asia, specifically Buddhism, Taoism, and, to a lesser degree, Hinduism. His goal was not to convert me to a particular belief system…

Self-Care is Anti-Selfish

Taking care of ourselves is not the same as only caring about ourselves. By starting every day doing something for ourselves, creating something from within ourselves, we can give freely of ourselves for the remainder of the day without regret. Approaching our day like this, front-loading it with time to meditate, time to move, and…