Why the leaf? Well, way back in the 16th Century, pages in books were referred to as leaves. Turning over a new leaf meant that one was turning to a blank page. Each day is a new leaf.
We love to arrive at grand conclusions with very limited information. We’re great at making assumptions and we think we’re pretty damn smart. And we’ll tell ourselves (and others) that our intuition is amazing! Mmm … assumptions and intuition are very different things. Intuition is a gut feeling, but doesn’t come from the gut. It … Continue reading How Mindfulness Can Lead to False Assumptions
There was a time in my life when the people around me encouraged me to, just sign up for welfare. Imagine that! This was the atmosphere I grew up in. It was not a nice neighborhood. I have a library full of “excuses” I could legitimately claim, but this is not an origin story, so … Continue reading I Can’t Swim the Lake if I’m Chained to the Dock
The Japanese martial art of Aikido is made up of three words: Ai meaning harmony, Ki meaning life force, spirit and universal energy, and do meaning the way. Summed up, Aikido means The Art of Steven Seagal. What? No, Aikido is The Way of Harmony of the Spirit. It’s actually much more complicated than that. … Continue reading Hatha is Not the Sun and the Moon
“So Rob, tell me; are you a God-fearing man?” Almost twenty years ago in Nashville, I was having lunch with one of my rep agencies. There were about eight of us. When my salad came, I began to eat it while conversing with the group. As their salads came, they waited for everyone to get … Continue reading The Threat of Heaven and the Promise of Hell