Mike Cozad

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Useful Personal Development

Useful Personal Development

Some people call it personal development, others call it dharma, others self help, etc.  It has many names, but the reason people spend their time in these areas is to improve, right?  We are looking to find inspiration.  If not…

Mindfulness and Meaningful Work

Mindfulness and Meaningful Work

Here is another excerpt from the book That’s It.!?  It’s about mid way through the chapter entitled Mindfulness and Meaningful work, and speaks to how we are responsible to own our time…   “Rise up this mornin’ Smiled with the…

Looking for it where you lost it

Looking for it where you lost it

Another excerpt from the book That’s It!?. The work up before this section deals with the loss of our passion for life… So again, we’ve lost something; this passion or equity.  Where do we look to find it again?  What…

The Value of Nothing

The Value of Nothing

A few excerpts from the great book The Tao of Pooh.  If you haven’t read it…do! 🙂  It is simple, poignant, and everyone knows the Winnie the Pooh characters!   While the clear mind listens to a bird singing, the…

Subjective Distinctions

Subjective Distinctions

What would you do if you knew you only had one year to live?  Would that which you value change?  Would you live differently than you are now?  Even further, what if you knew your time was limited here at…

Tigers living as goats

Tigers living as goats

The following story is from Joseph Campbell, great author and scholar who wrote many incredible books on mythology & religion including The Power of Myth, which is an absolute must read in my opinion.  There is so much to be…

An Absentee Master

An Absentee Master

This is from the great book, Zen and Japanese Culture by D. Suzuki.  How often do we see this?  How often do we DO this?  Someone achieves a position of authority in their job, or some other accomplishment, at which…

Perspective lessons from an eight year old

Perspective lessons from an eight year old

I found this 17 years ago in a book entitled “Little Zen Companion”.  It immediately struck me as a great lesson on perspective.  The games we play in our lives are all monopoly; they are all play money and possessions,…

A collision with an empty rowboat

A collision with an empty rowboat

Excerpt from the book, That’s It!?. In the early 90’s Charlotte Joko Beck wrote an excellent book entitled, Everyday Zen, Love and Work.  In it she creates the image of a man in a row boat fishing on a secluded…

Be a Love Warrior!

Be a Love Warrior!

It really is fickle, this mind.  Why does it change so much?  Food, mood, fatigue, sickness, etc, every kind of external stimuli and influence.  Sometimes I refer to it as “in my better moments”, or “in my weaker moments” –…