Practice

Developing Resilience with The Godzilla Factor

I was standing in front of a class of amateur-to-professional level performers and enthusiasts, talking about how we move from “idea” into “I’m doing this!” when we create scenes and events – a shortened version of my Defining Moment process. I was talking in particular about evaluating risk, and how consequences tend to come in …

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Two Unexpected Benefits of Meditation

I’ve talked a lot about the many benefits – both personal and reported – of meditation. It’s one of the few lifehacks that both lives up to the reputation and has been relatively simple to do consistently. Soto zen meditation, as I’ve mentioned, is not very fancy. You don’t get to chant, you don’t get …

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change your habits to hack your mind

Getting Out of Your Groove Recently one of my favorite authors, John Scalzi, wrote a column in the TOR newsletter about how he challenged himself with his latest book, Lock In. It wasn’t a huge challenge, on the surface: he simply did not allow himself to use semi-colons. For most non-writers and perhaps even most writers, this …

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Love

love is more resilient than we know

Tough Love …unconditional love? Stop telling that story.Courtney A. Walsh, “Dear Human” There won’t be much to this post, because first, I’m driving across the country to give a talk in Akron, OH, the land of two of my heroes: Brad Warner, author of Hardcore Zen, and also David “Chuck” Jones, a former marine buddy …

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Practice

be ready for what happens, not what you think will happen

“Failing to prepare…” I know, I can hear the next thought in your head: “…is preparing to fail.” One of the newsletters I follow began with this phrase, and the more it went into my head, the more it bothered me. Why does it have to be negative? How about…”Failing to prepare is preparing for …

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