Pride Versus Dignity

Human culture has an interesting relationship to pride. On the one hand, it’s encouraged to do things that make authority figures proud of you, and to do things that make you proud of yourself. On the other, you don’t want to be arrogant. You don’t want to be so proud of yourself that you seem Read More …

Just Do One Thing

If there is a number-one rule for mindfulness it’s this: Just do one thing. One thing at a time. There’s an old Buddhist story where a student asks a Zen Master: “How do you practice Zen?” The master says: “When hungry eat, when tired sleep” Student: “Well, isn’t that what everybody does anyway?” Master: “No Read More …

You Got the Power!

My last couple articles were mostly about being humble in the face of change. I’ve written a lot about practicing acceptance, and I mean what I say. Compared to the collective activity of the rest of the universe, one individual human doesn’t have all that much influence. It’s good to learn how to accept life Read More …

A Nice Straw Hut

There’s an old Buddhist poem that starts with the line (roughly translated): “I have built a straw hut with nothing of value in it.” I read this book giving an interpretation of the poem. It’s an excellent book offering insight into often-elusive aspects of the Buddhist tradition. To me, this poem talks about holding life Read More …

Everything Changes

Nothing ever stays the same. Period. Change itself is the only thing that lasts forever. It’s the only thing we can rely on to always be there. If there is one fact about this existence that we can truly know, it’s that all of the things we could possibly comprehend will one day be different. Read More …