The philosophy by which I live my life and approach my work comes down to truth and understanding. I believe it is these elements that create real power in our lives. Seeing what is really in front of us are liberating and revitalizing experiences that also can bring relaxation and peace of mind. It can also be incredibly hard to do.
The search for truth often looks like the harder way to travel, but nothing could be further from the truth (go figure!). Self-deception, delusion, limiting beliefs, and poor habits ARE the hardest way. Coping mechanisms and defenses may be comfortable and work for a while, but eventually, act as a trap.
It looks clear to me that there exist common functional principles underlying all realms of nature. This nature is rational at the core and man is fundamentally rooted in it. I strive to understand these principles as fully as possible. Natural laws are unbreakable laws and when we fight against them, we inevitably end up breaking ourselves. On the other hand, a correct understanding of and an ability to work in harmony with these principles creates a good life, rich in flow and energy.
Human beings are mostly made up of untapped potential. The task at hand is to realize as much of the potential seeded within as we possibly can. To aid us, we have been bestowed with the remarkable power to consciously choose. Only the human animal and organism seems able to wake up in the morning and say, “Today I’m going to become a better man,” and actually become it.
Pain such as sickness, injury and loss is an inherent part of life, but not suffering. Suffering is optional. Suffering, or psychological pain, is ultimately self-generated, and this is incredibly good news!
Why do problems/suffering even exist? Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn answered this question by saying, “The lotus grows out of the mud.” In other words “problems” can be seen as fuel for change and transformation— growth opportunities in disguise.
Which problems do you wish to transform?