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.
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.
There are no silver bullets, different people need different approaches. That’s why I draw primarily from psychology, Western philosophy and Zen. The art of coaching is to meet each individual with sensitivity and understanding.
It seems clear to me that there exists common functional principles underlying all realms of nature. 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 every way.
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 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 that doesn’t have to create unhappiness. Suffering, or psychological pain, is ultimately self-generated.
Why do 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?