Now is NOW

September 22, 2007

Last weekend, I woke up early on Saturday morning to meet a friend for tennis. As I left my apartment, I didn’t give the beautiful tree outside my window a second glance, trusting that it was as fixed as the building itself…

When I returned in the early afternoon, the tree was gone.

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Being Present – The Art of Paying Attention

February 1, 2006

For many of us, the phrase “pay attention” conjures up memories of parents, teachers, and maybe even bosses who would scold us for not being focused on what they felt we “should” be focused on. But paying attention has a much deeper and fundamental meaning. Paying attention is the equivalent of being present.

We’ve all had intense moments of presence. For example, someone driving in front of you brakes really hard and you almost hit them. You feel present then, don’t you? But it’s also possible to be present on a more regular basis. Before I explain how, let’s first discuss the rationale for being present.

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Faith and Truth

August 15, 2005

This past weekend I went to church for the first time in many years (not counting weddings, baptisms, and funerals). One of my best friends invited me, and I said yes. I was curious for two reasons. First, this friend is a person I respect, and he had only good things to say about his church. Second, recently I’ve come to recognize the power of faith–not specifically religious faith, but faith in general.

Church was much as I’d remembered. I participated in singing the hymns and receiving Communion, but I was not especially moved by the experience. However, I did notice that I was feeling some resistance at times. Later that day I realized what it is about religion (or to be fair, the way that many people practice religion) that bothers me: The way that the believers tend to judge those who believe differently as being wrong.

And for the first time I saw where this tendency comes from. It comes from the idea of Truth.

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Creativity – 6 Ways to Spark Your Creative Mind

August 1, 2005

These are six of the most effective techniques I’ve used to help myself and my clients find creative solutions to some of our most persistent challenges:

1. Walk/Run

    Walking has been a part of my daily routine for a few years now. Although a brisk walk is good exercise, I use it primarily to clear my head after a long day of work, to spark new ideas, and to overcome a variety of personal and professional challenges. Physical forward motion like walking or running (or even driving) creates a corresponding mental forward motion. It compels proactive thinking. I find it almost impossible not to make progress on a problem when I go for a walk.

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