A simple stack of handwritten “vision cards” that I look at and work with every day has helped me more than any other personal management tool to achieve goals in every area of my life from being a successful author to helping others to live according to their values to building an income that sustains me to living environmentally to being an effective climate change and social change activist to being a good dad. This post is about how to create and use your own set of vision cards. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.
Purpose and Meaning
I don’t have to fight. I can try, but I don’t have to believe I am doing something wrong if it doesn’t go my way. I can do everything right and still all that I do will disappear. And I will disappear too. Truly knowing this, I can really watch the sunrise. I can really hear a friend. I can just be.
We get stopped, so many of us, because we don’t trust ourselves. We don’t trust our own natures to guide us. Instead, we keep our focus on our desires and goals and then get frightened we won’t get them. Concentrating on our worries, we ignore the constant guidance given to us in each moment.
Zen Master Seung Sahn used to say that there are two kinds of work. Inside work and outside work. Inside work means keeping a non-moving mind and outside work means helping all beings. Being concerned only about inside work is not correct Zen practice. Only inside work means nirvana and peace of mind only for […]
“The sun in the sky shines everywhere, why does a cloud obscure it?” Kong-ans (koans) are word puzzles which are used in the Zen tradition of which I am a part to help us deal with the conundrums of life. If you can penetrate the conundrums presented to you by your teacher, then maybe you […]
I wanted to share with you a simple 15-minute writing exercise that is scientifically proven to increase happiness. It’s called the Best Possible Self exercise and I think you’ll love it.
What if we accept that our existence really holds no meaning? What if agree that the planet is really past the point where we can help it? Might that then free up our energy to actually help?
I’ve been rereading Illusions by Richard Bach and found this parable about letting go helpful: The Master answered and said, “Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. “The current of the river swept silently over them all – young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current […]