My hope with this project is to influence others to take actions to improve their daily lives. Perhaps there will be one thought that can cause a positive shift in someone's thinking. Perhaps a perspective to improve just one day. My goal as a writer is to bring old wisdom to a new audience.
How to use this site and why it's useful...
- The color, brightness, font, and size have been adjusted for easy reading.
- The essays have been structured for clarity and deep reading, and curated into helpful categories.
- They have also been optimized for speed reading and skimming: topic sentence are in bold, and headers introduce new subjects.
- Related books and articles are listed at the bottom of each essay.
- The Triumphant Mind (필승) – On a stronger, more balanced, resilient, and altruistic mindset. Connecting the dots; integrating mind, body, spirit, nature, mastery, and martial arts to modern life. When our minds are clouded, all things seem separate. When we part the clouds, all things become connected. The tradition of the Way (道), is about interconnecting even the most unrelated things into one path (궤도). There's thousands of years of knowledge for willing students.
- The Beginner's Mind (初心) – On learning, productivity, best methods, hacks, and mental jiu-jitsu. The Chinese definition of martial arts (功夫) literally means any study, skill, learning, or practice that requires patience, effort, and dedication (only in the West did it become solely about violence). Anyone highly skilled is a martial artist, from the tea ceremony master to the computer programmer. They just don't always give out belts — but they should.
- The Critical Mind – On clarity, reasoning, bias, critical thinking, ruminations, thought experiments, contrasts, observations, clear-mindedness, and logic.
- Mind No Mind (無心の心) – On tending our mind garden. Musings on Zen, peace, grief, love, sadness, wholeness, connectedness, and entering the void. The hardest lesson of martial arts is to yield, submit, and let go.
- Mind Body – On the wholeness of health. Fitness as a form of character building. Increasing capacity. Living the life not just looking the part.
- The Executive Mind – On growth, business, entrepreneurship, career, finance, wealth, and balance. Sometimes it's enough to survive but if given the opportunity, thrive.
- The Martial Artist – Random thoughts more specific to the martial arts, but with enough imagination you can apply it to anything.