the Bright Army

Fighting for the Human Story

What does it look like to live with compassion and mindfulness in everyday moments? How do we live a meaningful life in practice? Exploring those questions is what this community is all about.

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If You Want to Be Great, Get Great Sleep

For some reason this is way harder for me than it should be. It’s not like I haven’t seen the endless research that shows how getting enough sleep improves your memory, your ability to learn, your willpower, your level of happiness, and a whole host of other things. It’s not┬álike I haven’t experienced what it’s like to wake up in the morning fully rested… that perfect feeling ...

What Jars You to Attention?

I sit silently on my meditation cushion. A pleasant breeze drifts through the window. The sun casts a soft, orange light upon the eastern sky. All is still. Then the smoke alarm goes off. It jars me to attention. For a moment, I’m annoyed. I mean, what is this stupid alarm doing interrupting the silence of the morning. I can’t smell any smoke — and my wife ...

Choose Your Life

You’re playing with your daughter, and she’s chasing you around the apartment. Her shrieks of laughter and delight fill the room. “What a wonderful way to spend an evening,” you pause and think to yourself. “What could be better?” Ooops, she almost catches you. You spin to “escape”. Except your foot catches the leg of a table. Hard. With force. Pain shoots up your leg, and you ...

Creating Distance (Reflections From My 4-Month Experiment)

Up until last February, I posted here every single week. No questions. No excuses. Blizzard? Write anyway. Challenging circumstance with work? Write anyway. Not sure what to write about? Write anyway. And for a long time, that schedule worked for me. There were times where the tight deadline forced me to come up with an idea – and many of those ideas turned out great. The schedule ...

Are Your Structures Helpful? (Plus, A Four Month Experiment)

I’m a believer in structure. Many of the core habits I rely on would fall to pieces were it not for the regular ritual. I would never have become a black belt had I not trained every week. I never would have become a writer had I not written everyday. The list goes on and on. Structure does two major things. One, it reduces the thinking or ...

Worth Remembering

I don’t know all that much about her really. We never talked long. Where did she come from? Or had she always lived here? Did she have any family? Did she have a job? Why did she hang out on that particular street corner? What was life like for her? These are questions I don’t know answers to. About the only thing I know was her name ...

Scale Your Support

I’ve been working a lot harder in the last few months as I build up my new copywriting practice. That’s meant increased work hours each day. But that’s just the tip of it. Along with the increase in time spent working comes a jump in the challenge and difficulty of the work. Every day pushes me up against my personal barriers and limits. I face new and ...

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