Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2009)

In reviewing Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana throughout this past week (this is my fourth time reading it over the last few years) I was reminded of a key personal truth.  More on that later.

This is one of the very best books I’ve read from the perspective of an author who details the more advanced levels of meditation: The jhanas.

Here’s why:

Remembering Giri

On Predecessors, Mentors, Friendship, and Your Legacy

I was recently explaining to a friend the significance that the martial arts have had on my life.

It was back in the seventh grade when I first began studying Shuri-Te (a traditional form of karate).  Even before then I remember reading and watching everything I could on the topic.  During the course of my martial arts studies I came across a Japanese concept known as Giri

She Said to Move Like a Ferrari – Part 1

The Story, The Imagery, and Real World Application

I was so embarrassed.  More to come on that later…

Recently, we’ve discussed the creative application of readily available and even dissimilar resources.

This includes approaching problems with a different type of mindset – Using a consciously-reasoned point of view to directly utilize your unique skills, talents, and interests in impactful ways.

I’d Like a Cold Glass of Water, Please

Simple wisdom from our early years of life can be easily forgotten.  Often, there's vast untapped value in those old memories.

Just today, I recalled vividly what could likely be one of my earliest childhood memories.

Many years ago when I was roughly knee high to a grasshopper, I remember my mom picking me up from school.