“The wound is the place where the light gets in.”– Rumi, 13th Century poet and philosopher. Walking through the pain – feeling it, being with it, listening to it – can be our guide in getting through it and coming out the other side of it. Rumi may be telling us that walking through the pain we will find those parts of ourselves we never knew, a deep strength, … Read More The wound is the place where the light gets in.
In the sky there are always answers and explanations for everything: every pain, every suffering, joy and confusion. Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Beah is speaking here from his experience growing up in Sierra Leone. Beah’s recollection of his father’s words helps him to keep pushing forward, even though he is lost in the forest without a purpose … Read More Look up to the sky
You are in the business of change. In fact, we are all in the business of change. We try to get customers to accept our offer. We try to get colleagues to support our cause. We try to get friends to join our Saturday dinner. Making change happen is what most of us do, most of the time. But change doesn’t come easy. Change … Read More Embrace change and do your research = Nemawashi
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When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? — Psalm 56:3-4 (NIV) As I walk in my journey of life, I get to ask myself the question whether I am prepared to die and how well…
Of all negative feelings people can experience, anger is probably the most common everywhere. We live and see a society of millions of angry people, we see it on television, parents experience it with their two year olds, with people shooting innocent people for not reason, with teenagers, I know of many siblings who have […] via Working with Emotions — Koffee with Joe
Of all negative feelings people can experience, anger is probably the most common everywhere. We live and see a society of millions of angry people, we see it on television, parents experience it with their two year olds, with people shooting innocent people for not reason, with teenagers, I know of many siblings who have held anger for years because of an ill treatment … Read More Working with Emotions
Note that “normal” people often believe they have more control over events than they really have (an exaggerated sense of mastery to quell our fears?). Many experiments with animals deprived of control have immediately produced agitation and intense tension. Also, psychological experiments studying the much later impact of early experiences, like animals allowed to control their food and water supply vs. animals having plenty … Read More Anxiety
: Heartfelt Advice for Hard Times. Just a few pages into the book, Pema Chödrön had me hooked with the following: “We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like … Read More When Things Fall Apart
Being on constant alert and able to react to an imminent, life-threatening emergency is great when you need it, but living constantly in that state is detrimental. Stress affects our ability to think clearly and remember things; it has been shown to increase the likelihood of depression and can exacerbate health risks like stroke and heart disease. It also impacts our immune systems, which scientists now … Read More Living under constant pressure
Ikigai is what gets you up every morning and keeps you going. Gai is the key to finding your purpose, or value in life. The best way to really encapsulate the overarching ideology of ikigai is by looking at the ikigai Venn diagram which displays the overlapping four main qualities: Having a hobby, raising a family, or being able to work and make steps towards … Read More Finding your purpose
Your best may be different at different times, and at different tasks and in different situations, but it begins with being in the presence, being in the moment you will always know when you are doing it. “Presence” is not about attracting attention to oneself, as some may treat to think, but about being present and PAYING attention. Remember that every day you live … Read More Do your best, live in the moment.