Intention is the first step of designing, whatever it may be. Coherence is the result of a harmonious design. When you change one thing everything changes, including yourself. Despite the fact that the only thing you can control, if any, is yourself, a real change can manifest. I invite you to create a daily intent and design all aspects of your life into manageable processes. I am talking about big things and small things -- from your intimate and personal relationships and professional ones to a potted plant in your home. To cohere is to relate. To relate is to give and take, to empower and to be powerful.
There's no cure for the ongoing life dissatisfaction--sickness, old age and death. There're only magical thinking and palliative care to manage life's ups and downs. Summer is a coping mechanism for spring, fall, and winter, and vice versa. Coherence is the capacity to let the unsatisfactoriness motivate you. Despite myriad scientific facts most of us have agreed upon, we're living largely in the unknown called the universe. A reasonable dose of irrationality, which some call theology such as believing that things happen for good reasons (thus becoming an optimist), adhering to life purpose and exercising free will, keep you living and possibly thriving instead of being paralyzed by the awareness of the fact that life often sucks and there're real impending suffering and mortality.
A good design coheres like a complete cycle of the day and night, month and year, and seasons. Coherence is your personal magic. When your small activities cohere with each other and with the larger circles of life there is a natural motivation to keep on moving. One thing cannot happen without all the other things happening. In order for me to teach yoga I have to put all the other things in place in order to show up ready and with an audience. Since I've told myself that it's my life purpose to do what I do, everything I'm doing and not doing magically sustain each other. Some call it luck but I prefer calling it my design.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
Learning never exhausts the mind.
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.
— Leonardo da Vinci