Aspiration and Acceptance

We are born with a natural inclination to learn, create and evolve. Most of us want to better our circumstances, explore new territories mentally, physically and emotionally and feel we’re expanding our consciousness. Aspiration motivates us to take action,...

Beyond the Comfort Zone

Though you have to exit your comfort zone to grow, you don’t need to go completely off-kilter to do it. Risking possible failure can be scary, but you can remain internally balanced even when your external equilibrium is momentarily lost. Worrying about how...

Centered Within

We’re rarely in total balance, especially when we’re growing. Growth necessitates moving out of our comfort zone, which throws us momentarily off kilter. All movement requires shifting back and forth between yin and yang, safety and risk, stasis and...

Staying Centered

Martial artists understand that emotions like anger, sadness and fear interfere with effective action. Neither brains nor bodies function well when they’re under stress. That’s why learning how to effectively handle stressful feelings is not just an...

Beauty Balances

There’s untold beauty to behold if we just open our eyes. But sometimes we forget to look for it because we’re swimming in a self-created, toxic stew of unpleasantness generated by unskillful thinking. Fortunately everyone has access to almost instant...

The Mind’s Shifty Ground

When you obsess, you mentally stir up a pot of worry, anxiety, fear, and angst. Overthinking problems doesn’t give you a reasonable perspective, it turns you into a hamster, mindlessly repeating the same sentences and scenarios until you’re worked into a...