Not quite a year later and ideas dawn how the site and themes can be adapted to explore more useful ideas for individuals. The decision to back away from business holds. Lots of new work is being spread in media more widely read than mine, on ideas for improving leadership, work life and results with people. If I contributed I’m thrilled. At least perhaps I publicized some for to people who might not have noticed.
A new objective requires a new tag line – The Power of Ordinary: Modernizing Zen for Success and Happiness.
Since early thoughts about how individuals improve their psychology for better results, back sometime in my teens, I’ve read constantly looking for what might help. Zen arrived not long after as the simplest summary of the key ingredients. I’ve never “practiced” Zen in any formal sense – no sitting in meditation, no attending temples or retreats, no joining anything and certainly no burning incense. But it has been a refuge and place to start looking for solutions to life’s problems. And it always led to answers, not answers from the writings in Zen particularly, but answers it pointed the way to using it’s concepts to shine light. That’s valuable.
Zen is the peak of simplicity for success through ordinariness, something I’ve always found effective. Of course ordinary has changed through recent centuries – new science, technology, health care, education, the power of the Internet, all mean we live differently in some ways yet retain our human flaws and limitations that Zen and earlier forms of Buddhism were created to deal with.
Zen, perhaps the most evolved of Buddhist thinking, has evolved further as well. Now migrated across the world it continues to emphasize that each of us must think for ourselves, find new ways rather than accept anyone else’s. Each of us is unique while sharing some of the same problems to overcome. Our situations, goals, needs and frustrations are different, but Zen ideas, particularly updated ones, can help us along the path to success and happiness of our own making, in our own flavors. Those results can apply at work as well as in personal life as many are now pointing out. We’ll make those connections at times, but the focus will be more on ordinary, everyday living.
Zen thinking is reflected in all I’ve written previously since it guided my life and work, so the earlier writing can stay, but we’re moving on to a different focus that I hope will help in even more ways.