I’ve been thinking about how we all so often fail at New Year’s resolutions and how they make us feel bad. I’ve also been thinking about a way that may be much better for us and even help the world.
Purpose and Meaning
Not knowing is the fundamental human condition. There seems to be something holy or sacred about it. Maybe this is why so many of the faith traditions abhor idolatry; our ideas or representations of reality are not the same as reality. If we react to our stories of the way things are instead allowing ourselves to react to the way things really are, we find ourselves fighting ghosts and have planted the seeds of future violence.
I have always loved the Zen approach to Buddhism because, like the gnostic and mystical paths of all the great religions, it is not about studying the words of a teacher but about finding out for yourself. What am I? What is my place in the world? This is a teaching letter I wrote about using meditation to find your true self and life direction.
In a lot of ways, many of us feel at a kind of rock bottom. It doesn’t really matter who you voted for, either way, most of us are feeling a new level of uncertainty. What is going to happen in the world? Where do each of us go from here? The answer that is to be of service
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.
When I was No Impact Man, people asked me all sorts of questions but the underneath motivation was almost always, “How do I make efforts that matter to the problems in the world I care about? How do I feel, if I must struggle in life, that my struggle at least matters to others?” Here are some questions that can help you build your legacy.
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A butcher who lived in the time of Buddha wanted to live a meaningful and purposeful life and wondered how, as a butcher, he could ever achieve that. To him, killing animals felt like the opposite of living a life of meaning and purpose. On the other hand, he had a wife and small children […]