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ENDURE – I Ching

To endure means to keep going despite obstacles. Endurance is not a state of rest. It progresses forward. What endures renews itself and its effect through continuous activity. What endures does so through change, not in spite of change. Its effects are understood against the experience of change. Plants and […]

ADVERSITY INTO ADVANTAGE

Wired to Create by Kaufman & Gregoire “Those who actively create and re-create themselves, by learning, are truly free spirits—artistic creators of their own lives.” Said Nietzsche. Kubler-Ross said: “ The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and […]

WHAT IS A FRAGRANCE

It is not a bunch of ingredients. It is not expensive naturals and inexpensive synthetics. It is not top, middle and bottom notes. It is not citrus, floral, woody, animal or spice. All of the above mentioned are received into the rational part of the brain. That is why speech […]

THE PAST NO LONGER IS

The past no longer is, the future is not yet here;   there is only one moment in which life is available, and that is the present moment.  To meditate with mindful breathing is to bring body and mind back to the present moment so that you do not miss your […]

INSTRUCTION IS USELESS

Instruction is useless unless the pupil understands the need for instruction and is genuinely willing to learn.  The youth must seek the teacher. See this as an opportunity to expand your vision and your experience.  Open your mind and put aside preconceptions and prejudices.  Remember – your goal is to […]

TWO WOLVES

You have two wolves inside you all the time. One wolf is anger, envy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, false-pride, superiority, ego, fear, and insecurity. The other wolf is peace, love, humility, empathy, truth,and compassion. The wolf that wins (or that is dominant0 is the one that you feed. While in the […]

THE TALKING STICK

To understand someone, one must  forget their own experiences, beliefs, attitudes, emotions, knowledge and visual perspective. Knowing another’s mind requires asking and listening. The gains from getting perspective directly instead of interpreting someone’s perspective can be big. Getting someone’s perspective you not only need to listen, you need to verify […]

WHEN IT’S SAFE TO RELY ON INTUITION

Harvard Business Review (Locke) Although intuition can sometimes backfire, in many cases it is a perfectly fine shortcut. It takes a surprising amount of domain-specific expertise to develop accurate intuitive judgments —approximately 10 years, according to research. And during those 10 years, repetition and feedback are essential. Eventually this repetition […]

THE LANGUAGE OF CREATIVITY

  Creativity is looked upon as a skill, or a discipline.  David Usher said…. “We need to be able to visualize our creative thinking as one thing and the discipline we work in as another. We tend to marry ourselves to our chosen discipline. Once you speak the language of […]

THE TAO – (Lao Tzu) R.L. Wing

Lao Tzu believed that a constant awareness of the patterns in nature will bring us insights into the parallel patterns in human behavior. Much of our energy is wasted in propping up our beliefs, defending them, and convincing others to believe in them so that they may become “permanent.”  Once […]