Three Ways to Gain Focus


This painting from a Tibetan Buddhist monastery is like a cartoon strip showing stages of a monk calming his mind through meditation training. At the bottom you see a new monk whose mind wanders so much in its own directions that it resembles a muddy elephant led by a naughty monkey. The monk is running after it.

Nothing Lasts Forever…

Nothing lasts forever...

So what do we do about this situation? A nice, new-agey, hippy answer might be to be. Personally, I’m a little more new-edgy than new-agey. The platitudes were obsolete before they were even uttered. “Just be, bro. Just BE.”

No Gifts


A guy asked his guru what he wanted for his birthday. The teacher said, “No gifts, only presence.” Yoga asks us to be mindful. But what often happens when we try to be mindful? The mind rejects our idea immediately. To practice mindfulness is said to be like taming a wild elephant. If it were easy, everyone would do it … Read More