Flow: Where Science Meets Zen

If you’ve ever played a sport, you’ve probably heard a coach yell, “Get your head in the game!” This is because it is universally understood in the sports world that the fewer extraneous thoughts you have, the better you’ll perform. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined the Read More …

I Read A Lot Of Productivity Books, And These Are The Three Best

My fourth grade teacher, Ms. Skinner, was a strong advocate of “organization.” Within the first week of the school year, she noticed my over-stuffed backpack, the vast assortment of unidentifiable miscellany falling out of my desk, and the papers spilling out of my three-ring binder. Ms. Read More …

Flow: Where Science Meets Zen

If you’ve ever played a sport, you’ve probably heard a coach yell, “Get your head in the game!” This is because it is universally understood in the sports world that the fewer extraneous thoughts you have, the better you’ll perform. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined the Read More …

Seraph, The Art Of War, And The Peaceful Warrior

My favorite character in “The Matrix” movies is Seraph, a tea-sipping martial arts expert who fights flawlessly and radiates tranquility. He appeals to me because I am, by nature, an uncoordinated and high-strung worrywart. Indeed, for most of my life, learning how to control my Read More …

Master Your Mind

There is a single point at which the fields of psychology, neuroscience, Eastern spirituality, and martial arts converge. In neuroscience, it is called “conditioned reflex.” In psychology, it is “unconscious competence.” In meditative traditions (especially Zen Buddhism), it is called “no-mindedness.” In martial arts, the Read More …