How to Achieve Wise Mind, Big Mind & Open Mind

How To Achieve A Wise Mind

In Buddhism, there are three states of consciousness, defined as wise mind, big mind, and open mind, which serve as metaphors for the stages we go through in the process of creative transformation. (I am using “wise mind” in the Buddhist sense, to denote a state of consciousness in which one transcends the unwholesome aspects Read more »

Access Your Core Creativity with a Mindful Pause

As I write in my book, Wise Mind, Open Mind, you don’t have to “try” to be creative when you access your core creativity. You don’t have to “think through” what to do next, because a sense of possibility and wonder will simply come to you, followed by ideas that flow into you. By becoming Read more »

3 Steps to Mindfully Shift Negative Thoughts & Feelings

The belief “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is false, at least as far as brain science is concerned. It has proven that the brain is far more malleable than we ever thought. We can develop new relationship, communication, and money-management skills at any age, especially with mindfulness training. Mindfulness allows you to Read more »

The Art of Mindfully Letting Go with Buddha’s 4 Noble Truths

Twenty-five hundred years ago, the Buddha was like the first psychologist, teaching his followers about the power of changing their mental processes in order to alleviate emotional discomfort and embrace change. One of his insights were the four noble truths that helped people free themselves from the patterns of thinking and behaving that perpetuate their Read more »

6 Steps to Mindfully Tune the Instrument of Self

Mindfulness is an idea from Buddhism that’s central to meditation, but it’s also a way of life and a crucial tool in living each moment to its fullest. You establish a practice of meditation in order to develop the habit of mindfulness so that your awareness remains engaged when you leave the meditation cushion and Read more »

Mindfulness, Music and the Creative Flow

I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely and unique Jenny Boyd, author of It’s Not Only Rock’n’Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal The Source of Their Creativity. Jenny was a model with her sister Pattie Boyd in the psychedelic 60’s. The two of them where known as the original, “Apple Music Girls,” living in an exciting Read more »

Mindfully Surrendering Stress

Stress is primarily caused by external triggers and how we deal and process it depends upon our constitution and temperament. People who handle stress mindfully will tend to be less reactive, are more macro focused on the “big picture” and have a thicker skin. Those who are micro focused on the little details are usually Read more »

7 Steps to Mindfully Manifest Your Goals

As a mind-body therapist and an international trainer I’ve helped thousands of patients and workshop participants learn how to mindfully access their core creativity and manifest their goals. Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help one go beyond their fears and resistances to tap into their inner self. When you access your core creativity, Read more »

How to Mindfully Transform a Painful Memory

Memories can be greatly distorted by strong, painful emotions from a trauma and can create unwholesome, distorted self-judgments. Returning to the original ordeal from the safety of the present, particularly with a supportive therapist or a wise and trusted friend at your side, can allow you to look again at how the events unfolded, using Read more »

Four Steps to Mindfully Ride the Ebb of Life

Adapted from Ronald Alexander’s book, “Wise Mind, Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Crisis, Loss and Change” As a therapist working with people in creative industries, I’ve seen how the idea that “you’re only as good as your last project” creates an unwholesome dissatisfaction and constant striving to do better, a perfectionism Read more »