Using mindfulness, and community to creatively solve problems

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In my work as a mentor, and creativity motivator I am often asked to lead brainstorming groups.

Many of my projects are part of the sharing economy. Here I apply ideas I have taken from my Transformational Zen studies and from applied game theory.

Here is a short Medium article about applied game theory

One of the most powerful tools for creativity and community is called collaborative intelligence. In collaborative intelligence (CI), a number of individuals, often with the support of technology, share and distribute ideas. …


How to use statistics, creativity, and collaboration to connect to your spiritual center

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For me, creativity is deeply spiritual. Like spirituality, creativity has the quality of being concerned with inner exploration as opposed to just material or physical things.

As we shift our priorities and allow our creativity to flow we may find that we also embrace our spirituality in a more profound way.

Collaboration and community are so important because some people are more creative than others. …


Harnessing the power of a mastermind influenced support group.

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A mastermind group is a peer-to-peer mentoring group used to help members solve their problems with input and advice from the other group members. The concept was coined by author Napolean Hill in his early books and described in more detail in his 1937 book Think and Grow Rich.

In his books, Hill discussed the idea of the Master Mind, which referred to two or more people coming together in harmony to solve problems.

Cooperation through the use of mastermind groups was one of the laws of success that Hill learned studying successful Americans including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and others. …


How to achieve a more loving, happy, mindful, and meaningful life.

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In Transmodern Zen it is taught that the first thing a person needs to do to have a meaningful life is separate their wants from their needs, and chop wood and carry water — meaning do what needs to be done with commitment and passion.

In a Zen sense, personal development (Self-Improvement) is anything you might do to build; potential, skills, quality of life, and the fulfillment of your aspirations and dreams. Personal development is not something that happens instantly. It is a step-by-step process taking place over the course of your entire life. On a superficial level is called self-help, yet it goes far beyond that. …


Using mindfulness and community to creatively solve problems

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Photo by Kaleidico on Unsplash

In my work as a mentor and creativity motivator, I am often asked to lead brainstorming groups.

Many of my projects are part of the sharing economy. Here I apply ideas I have taken from my Transformational Zen studies and from applied game theory.

Here is a short Medium article about applied game theory

One of the most powerful tools for creativity and community is called collaborative intelligence. In collaborative intelligence (CI), a number of individuals, often with the support of technology, share and distribute ideas. …


How contrarian tactics can take you to the next level.

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There are many productive approaches to decision-science and troubleshooting. Sometimes, the most efficient approach is to disregard what seems sensible and reasonable. Among social scientists, these called counter-intuitive or disruptive thinking. It is not that they are actually irrational. Rather it is that they are just not obvious.

In order to transcend what seems to trip up almost everybody, one must get some uncommon-sense.

One need not be a statistician to understand basic common sense. But, you need a special merging of intellect and intuition to have uncommon sense. In most situations, basic rationality will get you where you need to go, and if more is needed simple addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication will do the trick. Any common-sense approach to a problem is likely an expression of this way of thinking. …


A profound idea in Eastern philosophy

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As one explores the Tao te Ching and other Taoist writings, one will often come across the word “heaven,” often in association with the word “Earth.” These terms do not reflect the meanings that would be associated with these words in formal Western religious faiths such as Christianity, Islam, or Judaism.

To understand what the words “heaven” and “Earth” mean in Taoist writings, it is essential that one understand Taoist cosmology, a perspective shaped by the way in which the Chinese traditionally understood the world. Taoists believe that when the universe began, there was only Tao, a featureless, empty void, pregnant with the potential of all things. The word “heaven” is usually a translation of T’ien (天), one of the oldest Chinese terms for heaven and a key concept in Chinese mythology, philosophy, and religion. The concept of heaven (T’ien, 天) is pervasive in Confucianism and Taoism. Both Lao Tzu and Confucius describe a deep trust in heaven and believe that heaven overrules human efforts. Both also speak of those with profound wisdom carrying out the will of heaven. In this worldview, heaven is the supreme source of what is best in the world. …


What is the Wisdom Path Community?

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Where can a person go if they are spiritual, yet not religious? The Wisdom Path Community

The Wisdom Path Community is an international network of spiritual teachers, students, and seekers all focused on the spiritual aspects of life.

Also known as the WPC, this community integrates the ideas of numerous visionary thinkers and teachers from various spiritual traditions while also integrating many cutting edge ideas from the artistic, mathematical, and scientific communities. The community has no strict definition of what “spiritual” means, other than living a life motivated by love, kindness, compassion, empathy, goodness, and the exploration and appreciation of beauty. This is not an ideological or dogmatic philosophy of living. Each of us needs to support each other as walk our own path, and dance to a different drummer. Humans are social creatures and there is great value in supporting each other as we answer the important questions on how we can serve others. …


Metaphysics, the Esoteric, and their influence on history.

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Many newbie spiritual seekers confuse Zen with New Age thinking. When I say New Age am referring to a range of spiritual, religious, esoteric, or metaphysical beliefs and practices which has existed throughout history under different names but which rapidly grew in popularity in the Western World during the 1970s.

Precise definitions of the New Age differ in their emphasis, largely as a result of its highly eclectic structure.

Although often considered to be religious, those involved in it today typically prefer the designation of Holism, meaning integration of Mind, Body, Spirit.


Bringing our extraordinary gifts into daily life

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Just how much of a genius are you?

No matter how advanced you may be, or think you may be concerning your intellect, emotional balance, psychological clarity, or spirituality, the fact remains that each of us must explore how skilled we are concerning the appropriate application of our individual talents.

These talents can include various personal resources, visionary thinking, genius, and our ability to delay gratification. By applying these talents effectively, we can create our best life.

To live your best life, you need to draw wisdom from the geniuses that preceded you.

My mentor once wrote me a list of her greatest influences. The list included many important thinkers.

On her list were the Taoist Masters Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu; Guatama Buddha; the Sufi mystic Rumi; the Life of love and sacrifice attributed to Jesus of Nazareth; the ideas of the Christian mystics Meister Eckhard and Thomas Merton; the blissful and joyous expression and book knowledge of the Bal Shem Tov — the founder of Hasidism; the teachings of Aurobindo Ghose, and Jiddhu Krishnamurti; the many important stories and kōans within Zen and Chan Buddhism; the research into altered states of consciousness of the neurology pioneer John Lilly; important ideas brought forth by thinkers in mathematics, economics, and game theory, including Jon von Neumann and John Nash; the innovative thinking of numerous visionaries including Ernst Waldfried Josef Wenzel Mach, Albert Einstein, Scott and Helen Nearing, Richard Feynman and Douglas Hofstadter, R. …

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