Peter Koehler

This Is It.

We are studious in high school so we get into a good college.

We study and stress in college so we get a degree.

We use our degree to get a good job.

We work hard at our job so we can make a lot of money. 

We make a lot of money so we can retire!

And then ... 

... what?

It turns out, there is nothing special waiting at the end.

. . .

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February 04, 2017

Shoshin (初心)

Approaching Life with a Beginner's Mind

Have you ever heard someone say one of the following phrases? Have you ever said them? 

"That's the way we do things around here."

"That's the industry standard."

"We can't do it that way."

"That's just the best way to do it."

Almost all of us hear these phrases or ones like them. Not infrequently, but daily.

The more we hear them, . . .

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August 09, 2016

Just Chop Onions

cultivating everyday awareness


In Michael Pollan's book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, he shares one of the lessons he learned during his journey from industrial eater to home cook:

When chopping onions, just chop onions.

There is nowhere else to be. There is nothing else to do. Just chop the onion.

It's always been hard for humans to do one thing at a . . .

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July 05, 2016