Instant Counterattacks

One of our first impulses when someone criticizes us is to automatically look for reasons they are wrong. Oftentimes, like a little kid in a name-calling argument, we try to just turn it around on the other person. “You’re a booger face.” “You are.” But, what if, just...

Dead Bodies Stink

“It seems like mindfulness will make it where I don’t really like things.” I’ve heard this, or some version of it, a couple of times, and I get where the fear comes from. I think a lot of us have this picture of Zen monks who aren’t bothered by anything and don’t...

Choosing to Have Choices

If you read much about our hunter/gatherer ancestors you will inevitably see a discussion about how much free time they had. It certainly doesn’t feel like this is the case anymore. Part of the difficulty of living in our modern world is all the stuff we have to do....

Follow Through and Fragility

“I don’t know Marge, trying is the first step towards failure.” Homer Simpson I think this is the last day talking about follow-through for a while. The earliest blogs I wrote and my first podcast were about how seeking perfection will keep us from even trying...

Gratitude for Enemies

A majority of the best things that have happened to me have not been by my own doing. I often say that we have no business getting what we want because we don’t know what is best for us, and we really have no business classifying someone as an enemy because we really...

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