Kenshō (見性) is a Japanese term from the Zen tradition. Ken means “seeing,” shō means “nature, essence”. Kenshō is an initial insight or awakening, not full Buddhahood.It is to be followed by further training to deepen this insight, and learn to express it in daily life. The term kenshō is often used interchangeably with satori, which is derived from the verb satire, and means “comprehension; understanding”.


Gradually increasing in speed. What a beautiful word. What an inspiring perspective. We are all in such a rush to achieve and to “get there” that if we don’t succeed immediately we can be dis-heartened. True success calls for accelerando. The gradual increasing of speed (or momentum) towards your goals which is achieved through consistent … Read more

raison d’être

The most important reason or purpose for someone or something’s existence. Similar to Ikigai, raison d’être gives us terminology to use when discussing our purpose or our “why”. The video below discusses how to uncover your “why” in about 5 minutes. Check it out 🙂


Bushido (武士道 ?, “the way of the warrior”) is a Japanese term for the samurai way of life, loosely analogous to the concept of chivalry in Europe. Just like the knights of Europe, the samurai had a code to live by that was also based in a moral way of life.  


Conation is a term that stems from the Latin conatus, meaning any natural tendency, impulse, striving, or directed effort. Conative is one of three parts of the mind, along with the affective and cognitive. In short, the cognitive part of the brain has to do with intelligence, the affective deals with emotions and the conative drives how one acts on those thoughts and … Read more