In the movie of life, you’re the director

In the movie of life, you’re the director

Have you ever wondered why someone might immediately cringe at the very thought of an insect while smile when presented with a gift or bouquet of flowers? If not, you wouldn’t be alone.  Such auto-experiences are so deeply embodied that most people don’t even ponder...
The trouble is, you think you have time.

The trouble is, you think you have time.

After seeing this meme a friend sent this message right before take-off on a flight to Seattle: “Interesting.  I’m not sure what that means.  Not to be difficult but when I read it I know I have time.  Even if it’s 5 minutes. I’m ready for my after life.  How do you...
Finding Inner Peace before a Military Deployment

Finding Inner Peace before a Military Deployment

How monks helped prepare me for uncertainty It’s 4am at the monastery and by this point I’ve already meditated for 30 minutes. At 7am when I sit to enjoy a simple breakfast in noble silence, 20 hours would have passed since my last meal. As the monks and I gather in...
Your Chronic Unhappiness is a sign of Addiction

Your Chronic Unhappiness is a sign of Addiction

Here’s how to break free. As you drift off to sleep each night it’s impossible to tell when you’ve slipped into the dream world. Dreams seem real because you’re unable to tell reality from delusion. Similarly, it’s very difficult to tell when trapped in addictive...
Transcending War to Create Lasting Peace

Transcending War to Create Lasting Peace

Mankind’s survival over the last 10,000 years can be greatly attributed to our ability to bind into large cohesive groups. As part of a tribe not only would you have access to increased levels of protection, resources, and knowledge, but you would also be part of a...
Be Brave, Comrade

Be Brave, Comrade

Before all else comrade, know that you are not alone. Those thoughts you have, especially the incredibly audacious ones — that is what makes you unique, that is what makes you special. Every time they laugh, ridicule, and point fingers at you, they are merely offering...