Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Zen 2.0

Just to make it absolutely clear-- the essence of Zen practice has nothing to do with gongs and lotus flowers. It has nothing to do with being calm and relaxed. It has nothing to do with mystical planes of existence, reincarnation, or enlightenment. It is not a spiritual tradition.

What is it, then?

Zen is a method that promotes balanced personal growth.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Helping People Grow Up

I'm going to make a broad generalization that hopefully has some kernel of truth to it: The biggest problem in our society, the one that underlies and causes many, many other problems, is that so many people do not grow up emotionally. I'm making this accusation of all kinds of people. I'm talking about poor elderly patients. I'm talking about competent paramedics. I'm talking about well-born businessmen who go to Ivy League schools and run billion-dollar companies. I'm talking about myself.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Any Ideas for Helping People?

The EMT class is finished. That program made a big impression on me, in two ways. First, taking it in conjunction with a full academic course-load and a part-time job was a genuine challenge that pushed me far outside of my comfort zone. The fact that I succeeded in spite of the uncertainty and difficulty gives me a lot of confidence for the future.