Wabi Sabi and Kaizen

Wabi Sabi and Kaizen

I lit some sage this morning over coffee and watched the smoke. The wisps of smoke swirled this way and that. They were not in any particular form. They did not hurry. Yet, they did exactly what gentle smoke does. They were beautiful in their own way. Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is … Read more

6 Steps Beyond Failed Resolutions

It’s the last week of January 2019. How are you feeling? Was it the month you wanted it to be? How did those Resolutions go? Did you start strong and then lose your wind? Tell me what’s going on: shane@thestressdojo.com  I set an intention around business and around healthy eating. While the business stuff went … Read more

Do What You Can…It’s more than you think

World feel upside down? Lost in the fog? Painted yourself into a corner? Cool! Healing starts in those places and it’s a grassroots job. All change is like this. You have to start where you are if you want to move forward with any hope of sustainability. Do what you can, with what you have, … Read more

4 Mindset Shifts for the New Year (or any time)

Mindset shift

Happy New Year! I remember once watching a mom with her child in the mall. She stood in front of a candy store, her child in a stroller, looking at all the various confections. It was an overwhelming array of attractive colors and shapes. At once, the little girl stood up in her stroller, reached … Read more

Mindset Shift: Sustainability over Security

Sustainability

You are not safe. Dramatic, yes? Chill. Let me get to the point, it’ll be ok. In previous posts I wrote about Balance and Perfection being big fat lies. They are lies pointing to a larger lie. The larger lie is that if you do all the ‘right’ things and follow the ‘correct’ paths, that … Read more

Mindset Shift: Excellence over Perfection

Excellence

Perfection is unattainable. And why would you want to? Perfection is a fixed end state beyond which you cannot go. Do you really want to be stuck? If anything, perfection is the ultimate carrot dangling on a stick by marketers who want to keep you hooked on whatever they’re selling. Life breathes and pulses. It … Read more

Notes on a Conscious Christmas

Ok, full transparency time. I do not like Christmas. In general, I don’t care for most modern holidays. They have become commercialized caricatures of what they were meant to be. When I sat down to write this post, I had pretty much worked myself into a lather over it. I wanted to start off with … Read more

Accepting Naps Into Your Heart

The past couple weeks have been rough. I ain’t gonna lie. It’s been downright hard. A friend died unexpectedly the morning of a major holiday (Thanksgiving) and it left me utterly gutted and flattened. I was overly irritable and having a generally difficult time of making decisions. My first line of self-care defense was to … Read more

Stake a Claim on Your Calm

Projects overdue. Bills waiting to be paid. Texts are backed up. Email box is screaming. Voice mailbox is full. Pantry is empty and they know your name at Jack in the Box. With all the plates spinning, even happy hour feels like an obligation. Time to stake your claim on calm. Staking a claim on your … Read more