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

What Stands in the Way Becomes the Way: A New Perspective for Overcoming Obstacles

“What stands in the way becomes the way.” Marcus Aurelius Encountering new obstacles in life is inevitable. Whether it’s in our work, relationships, health, or personal goals, life is always changing – and with that brings new situations we too … Continue reading

How Asking Good Questions Can Make You Seem Like A Genius

Picture yourself in a classroom or at a meeting at work, and you want to impress your teacher or boss by showing them you are knowledgeable about a given topic or subject matter. Which do you think would make you … Continue reading

Rewriting the Story of Your Life: A Process of Self-Exploration Through Writing

When we look back on our lives, we often aren’t watching a perfect recording of what has happened to us. Instead, our brains are creating a story. Certain memories immediately stand out to us more than others, then our brains … Continue reading

Mind Garden Meditation: How to Connect More With Your Subconscious Feelings

The “Mind Garden” meditation is a mental exercise you can do to build a stronger connection with your subconscious mind. The basic idea is to imagine a garden inside your mind, and then revisit this garden on a weekly basis … Continue reading