Taoism and Changing Our Relationship With Nature (Monk Yunrou)

Taoist Monk Yunrou is an ordained monk, Tai Chi practitioner, environmentalist, writer, and documentarian. In this chat, we discuss how he became interested in Taoism and how it changes our views of nature compared to typical Western attitudes where we … Continue reading

“Brain Drain” Exercise: How Stream-of-Consciousness Writing Can Help Over-Thinking

Do you commonly find yourself “over-thinking?” According to a recent poll I did on Twitter, an alarming 68% of people said that they “Often” find themselves over-thinking and 26% said they at least “Sometimes” find themselves over-thinking. Over-thinking can be … Continue reading

Build a “Mental Toolbox” to Help You Navigate Through Rough Times

When it comes to self improvement, there is no single solution that is magically going to fix all of your problems. My personal approach is to think of self improvement as building a “mental toolbox” with a wide-range of different … Continue reading

Meditation Is A Type of Technology, Like a Telescope or Microscope

Meditation is a popular subject that comes with many different connotations. For many, it is seen as a type of magical or esoteric tool that connects you with a supreme force of the universe. However, according to The Mindful Geek: … Continue reading

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