The Wisdom of Coach John Wooden

By all accounts John Wooden was one of the best coaches of any sport in history. One of his most famous players tended to complain a lot. Coach Wooden said the following to him: “Things turn out the best for the people who make...

Body Mechanics & Tai Chi Chuan

Q & A with Dr. B. – Why The Focus On Practices?

The purpose of this website, my book, and the Community Education course I teach at the College of Marin, is to teach people how to live a vibrant, meaningful life through the cultivation of self-empowerment and self-efficacy. In this monthly Q&A column, I post...


Self-Empowerment Through Mindful Choosing

Self mastery, self-empowerment, and self-efficacy are achieved by learning how to take advantage of a simple fact: that every moment of your day presents you with an opportunity to choose how you will live. These moment-by-moment choices will largely determine the quality...

Authenticity, Transparency

How to Live by Choice

Living by choice is not a mystery; the steps are simple. But it doesn’t come easily, especially at first. If it did, everyone would drop their old habits and start living with intention so they could reap all the benefits and live healthier, happier...


The Importance of Setting Goals

Dr. Carl Simonton, under whom I trained at the Simonton Cancer Center, always impressed upon participants at his center’s cancer retreats that energy is essential to healing and that the act of pursuing goals is itself energizing. Setting goals helps us conceptualize our reasons...

Body Mechanics & Tai Chi Chuan

Be Who You Really Are

How to Increase Authenticity and Authentic Self-Expression

Because you can’t express your authentic feelings to others until you can identify them, engage in the fundamental mindfulness practice of recognizing your thoughts, sensations, and emotions. Don’t analyze them; simply acknowledge and honor them.

Take risks in...


Living By Your Values and Goals

Many people go through life blaming others for their own failings. Coach John Wooden of UCLA taught his basketball players to take responsibility and work hard to change any dysfunctional behavior or any behavior that was getting in the way of pursuing their personal...

Loving Self-Care

Be of Service to Others for Your Own Health

When psychoneuroimmunology researchers Dr. Julienne Bower and Dr. Margaret Kemeny (Bower et al. 1998) studied HIV-positive men who had lost partners or close friends to AIDS at the peak of the AIDS crisis, they discovered that the survivors who were able to find meaning...

Chronic Illness

Why Do Cancer Rates Drop in Times of War?

War Lowers Cancer Rates?
Solomon (1990) made the surprising finding that, historically, cancer rates have been much higher among soldiers in peacetime than during wartime. He discovered that being challenged and stressed can actually be good for one’s health, and that an easier life without challenge is deleterious to it. During...