Lessons from Improv (Foundation 1)

I recently completed an Improv Foundation 1 course at BATS by Rebecca Stockley. It was a fantastic experience I’d recommend for anyone. I want to take a moment and share some of the most important things that improv taught me. These are applicable to anything and everything we do in life. Make your partner look […]

Life Without Modern Technology

Last month I spent about a week at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, San Francisco Zen Center’s monastery. I was there during work period. It was a fantastic experience. Growing up in modern society, I never experienced being an adult without modern technology like computers and cell phones. Sure I could very easily hide my laptop and […]

Change the way you see it (From reading at Young Urban Zen)

Tonight at Young Urban Zen we read a passage from Taking the Leap by Pema Chödrön. This line stood out to me, “change the way you see it and lean in.” Here, Pema Chödrön is talking about how her teacher reframed a moment of difficulty as a moment of spiritual bliss. This reframing allowed her to take […]

Give Me Beta

Let’s get Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance for a minute here and talk aesthetics. There is the art aesthetic which prefers the polished clean look. Think iPhone. Then there is the engineer aesthetic which prefers the nuts and bolts. Think the inner circuitry of the iPhone. Both are different manifestations of the same idea. At Mozilla, there […]