Power in Yielding

Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art in which power is found in yielding. When being pushed, a simple turn of the waist can topple the opponent. The same principle holds true for stubborn minds pushing against one another. The moment we relax our position or need for...

Promoting Harmony

When we arrive at a conclusion, whether by extensive research or by absorption of popular opinion, it often feels like we’ve done what’s necessary to rule out other points of view. But, there will always be divergent viewpoint. Those alternate perspectives...

Promote Understanding

Pushing for our preferences is fairly normal, even when they’re at odds with what others want. But this doesn’t promote understanding. What does promote it is genuinely listening to others and considering their desires to be equal to our own, even when...

It’s Never Personal

Seeing the world through our highly subjective, personal lens is unavoidable. But, we can temper our bias by remembering that our perception of reality is limited. We can’t see the big picture from our point of view and often won’t be able to clearly...

Use Your Filter

Filters help us eliminate pollution in the air and water. Mental filters are equally important in providing relief from divisive ideas and those who spread them. Because there’s so much negative noise from the news, social media and the internet, it’s more...

Our Natural State

According to the Tao, harmony is our natural state. It’s the mind resisting what is or trying to force what isn’t that causes disharmony. The ego wants what it wants and doesn’t care what others want. It will fight to get its way. A disharmony...