The Power of Koans to Destroy Conceptual Thinking and Provoke Enlightenment

According to Zen philosophy, there are two sides of reality: the phenomenal one and the essential one. Our phenomenal reality is the one we are most familiar with. It consists of everything that we sense (what we see, hear, touch, … Continue reading

Our World of Symbols and the Unconscious Power of Dreams, Art, and Mythology

We live in a world of symbols. A symbol can be any word, image, object, animal, or person that represents an idea or connotation outside of its ordinary meaning. For example, a “snake” in mythology is a common symbol for … Continue reading

Beginner’s Mind: Looking at Old Problems With New Eyes

Beginner’s mind is defined as “an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as beginner in the subject would.” This is a very healthy and beneficial attitude … Continue reading

Mind Is A Verb, Not A Noun

When talking about our minds, we have a tendency to take complicated processes and treat them as simplified things. For example, we say we want “happiness” or “confidence” or “motivation” but how do we know when we really have them? … Continue reading

Permission To Be Negative

Positive-thinking isn’t for everyone. For me, it often feels like a chore. I feel as though I need to constantly monitor every thought that goes through my head, then ask myself, “Is this positive? Am I sending out ‘good vibes’?” … Continue reading