Meditational Bliss – Wariness of Attachment

As I sat in Kim Dae-Jung Plaza, my eyes closed, my ears tuned into two birds’ argumentative chatter, thoughts fluttered across my mind like headlines underscoring a news report. “What's ruffling these bird' feathers?” “The weather is beautiful today.” “I wonder how much time is left.” One benefit of daily meditation comes from sitting alone … Continue reading Meditational Bliss – Wariness of Attachment

Quick Tips for New Native Teachers

Many new native English teachers recently arrived in Korea.  Welcome.  It feels like yesterday that I myself exited Incheon Airport, knees shaking with excitement and uncertainty. One year later, I can reflect on some actions and mindsets the contributed to a smooth transition into Korean life. To be fair, I’ve only lived here for one … Continue reading Quick Tips for New Native Teachers

Fault vs. Responsibility

I sometimes chew over a phrase I remember from people like Will Smith and Tucker Max. “It’s not always your fault, but it is your responsibility.” What is the difference between fault and responsibility?  Fault focuses on blame.  People who find fault seek to punish through social shame or legal repercussions. Responsibility directs us to … Continue reading Fault vs. Responsibility

Gretchen Rubin’s Habits Manifesto

In a past post, I explained my preference for discipline and habits over mere motivation.  I firmly believe that the best path toward sustainable and profound life changes begins at the daily level.  While ambitious goals may excite us (especially in the early stages of self-development), sustained daily practice ultimately determines our ability to effect … Continue reading Gretchen Rubin’s Habits Manifesto