How to Use Mindful Motivation to Conquer Your Goals

How to Use Mindful Motivation to Conquer Your Goals

When you hear the word “mindfulness,” what images cross your thoughts? Most likely images of meditation or quiet and deliberate studying. Now what images come to you when you hear “motivation”? I’m guessing it may have been a loud and energetic speaker, a runner gritting their teeth to power through exhaustion to reach the finish line, or another damn eighties movie training montage. One of these words conjured bliss, the other bombast. Why would I put them together like that in a title? Simple: You need one to temper the…

What do you do when plans go wrong?

What do you do when plans go wrong?

There is one overused quotation I see proven true again and again and again and again throughout life: “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” This nugget of wisdom by Robert Burns has been hammered into the ground for a reason: Rarely do things play out the way we wish them to. It’s stressful. It can be as minor as friends canceling for a night out or as major as a derailed engagement or lost job.  If no battle plan survives contact with the enemy, how do we…

Shoutout: Hardcore Zen, by Brad Warner

Shoutout: Hardcore Zen, by Brad Warner

What mental image does the word ‘Zen’ invoke in your mind? Japanese monks meditating peacefully by a waterfall? Daily blogs with vanilla platitudes about serenity? Surreal news clips at the end of The Daily Show? How about this instead: A rich school of teachings that are just as relevant today as they were millennia ago. Sure, a 1,500-year-old offshoot of a 3,000-year-old world religion sounds daunting. It never spawned on my PokéRadar, that’s for sure. Were it not for the subject of today’s shoutout, it probably never would have. Zen…

A Journaling Template for Relief and Self Awareness (Updated)

A Journaling Template for Relief and Self Awareness (Updated)

As the old cliche goes, know thyself. Self awareness ranks among the most important skills for reaching your full potential in life. It helps guide decisions, provide insight into personal conflicts, and clarifying our own thoughts. Living a life without self awareness is like a playthrough of Skyrim without a HUD or stat menus. You can try to fight dragons and participate in the Nordic Space Program without ever checking strengths and weaknesses in your build, but the experience becomes so much richer when you explore the intricacies of the system. Explore…

Wiccan Rede: Do Your Own Thing, Without Judgment

Wiccan Rede: Do Your Own Thing, Without Judgment

New Age Religion, or alternative spiritual practices, or “not Judeo-Christian,” is all the rage these days, particularly European pagan traditions and Wicca. Eastern religious traditions are getting plenty of love as well, including meditation. While there are many lifetime practitioners who were never swayed by hot trends into the tradition, the number of Americans who claim beliefs that can be considered New Age has grown exponentially in recent years. Just float over to your local bookstore, you’ll find books about applying Buddhist mindfulness practices to Google’s business model as well as using…

Meditation: Quiet the Noise and Unlock Your Mind

Meditation: Quiet the Noise and Unlock Your Mind

Meditation. What mental image does the word conjure? Do you imagine the serenity of Buddhist monks? A Druid’s requisite for restoring their spell slots? Perhaps you pictured some New Age hipsters babbling about the benefits of sitting and breathing. Maybe you even imagined a Jedi’s solemn contemplation of the Force before Anakin and his personal legion of Clone Troopers busting in and wrecking up the place. Meditation has been practiced and portrayed many different ways over the centuries, and despite being over 3,000 years old (that’s just recorded history), it…