Why I hate the yin/yang symbol

I know, I know, I know. For a mindfulness teacher. And especially for someone who is also a Tai Chi teacher. It is just about SACRILEGE to say that I hate the yin/yang symbol. But I do. I think the yin/yang symbol sends the wrong message to people.   People see this symbol that looks …

Preventing “mission drift” in a mindful life

I just finished reading an article from The Washington Post. It was about a NASA project. (For those unfamiliar, NASA is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It’s a U.S. government agency involved in space exploration and aerospace research.) About six months ago, NASA completed this huge project. It was to build a lab that …

A mother’s hamster envisions success

Here’s a true story from a school teacher I know. She had a mother call her recently to discuss her child’s grades. During the phone call, the teacher realized something. The child had actually changed the grade on her test paper before bringing it home to the mother. So the teacher let the mother know …

Final day for Focus

This week, I’ve been talking about the book “Focus.” This is the final day I’ll be offering this book plus the 25% discount in these daily emails. I think this is an excellent book not only for inspiration, but also for practical ideas on how to cope with the “Age of Distraction” we live in. …

Dumbed down by SMART goals

A few months ago, both in these daily emails and in our Mindful Masters print newsletter, I talked about a problem I saw with “SMART” goals. SMART is an acronym used by many self-help gurus. It applies to setting goals for productivity and motivation. They say that any goals you set for yourself should be: …

Why focus isn’t valued

This week, I’ve been talking about Leo Babauta’s book. It’s called “Focus: A Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction.” Because this book is so valuable, and because the full-sized, full 158-page version is hard to find in a print edition, I’ve made arrangements to publish it through Amazon’s print division. I’ve also made sure …

Complexify your life

Visit just about any mindfulness website, or pick up any mindfulness book, and you’ll read something about “living the simple life.” That’s a big message that gets a lot of attention. And really attracts people to mindfulness. After all, most of us already feel harassed and stressed out by the modern world. So we carry …

The key to simplicity

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Leo Babauta. Those of you who are Mindful Masters subscribers already know Leo. Last year, I published a special edition of one of Leo’s books just for the Mindful Masters group. This special edition was not for sale to the public. Instead, I mailed copies as a New …

More mindful synchronicity

In an email last week, I mentioned that once you start doing some of our ECS (Extended Conscious Self) practices, synchronicities and meaningful coincidences happen more frequently. It gets to the point where whenever you need something – help from someone, a bit of information, some guidance – the damn thing just pops up out …

Working hard to discover a secret

I recently read a New Yorker magazine article about stage magician Ricky Jay. His name isn’t exactly a household word, but he’s been performing magic since the 1950’s. He’s appeared on a few TV shows, and has long been a consultant in Hollywood on movies that involve magic, such as The Prestige, The Illusionist, Sneakers, …