• The MicroGuide to Process and Decision Modeling in BPMN/DMN: Building More Effective Processes by Integrating Process Modeling with Decision Modeling
    The MicroGuide to Process and Decision Modeling in BPMN/DMN: Building More Effective Processes by Integrating Process Modeling with Decision Modeling

Meditation (Holosync) and Personal Growth 


Buddha lives in my backyard under a red maple in a clay pot. He also lives in my heart.

In mediating, one hour each day, I am uncertain what I have learned. Only that each day we choose our responses to the emotions that we encounter. If you meet an angry circumstance, you will become angry. The choice is not the anger; that is natural. Perhaps your best effort is insulted, or belittled.  Perhaps you are cut off in traffic. It is natural to feel the anger. The practice is not to ‘get rid’ of the anger. The practice is to see how quickly you can dissipate the energy of the emotion.

For almost 2 years, Barb and I have been using a series of Bio-feedback tapes known as : Holosync. Holosync is very effective at invoking slower cycles in the brain and simplifies the type of deep introspection that promotes a happy mind. For me it is a prop or a pillow that simplifies meditation.

Yet, the process is not always blissful. All the nasty little scripts you suppress will arise. If you want to make a change in your life, it takes determination and effort. Meditaton will help you down the path.

Also, we strongly recommend you combine a mediation practice with a study of Dharma, the Mind and cogitative behavioral therapy.


Losing a Dog

About 7 years ago, our west highland terrier, Harpo, passed away. It was a Saturday in early summer. He had just come home from two trips to two different vets. The previous evening he spent all night alone in a cage, tethered to an I.V. On Wednesday just before my business trip he appeared very ill, dehydrated his tough hanging out. For some time, unnoticed by us, he was disappearing; not coming out the morning walks, apparently suffering in silence. It turns out, he had contracted some form of cancer and his body was full of soft tumors that were almost blocking his throat and pressing on his aorta.

When he got home from the vet, he ran under the steps of the front porch, Barb called him out to give him a little piece of burger and he trotted over to the stream that runs along side the house, we guess for a drink. He jumped the stream and disappeared into the thicket of rose thorns that lines the steep corner of forest on the southern edge of the farm. It was late Friday night and there were thunderstorms and rain pelting us. Dressed in foul weather gear and using flashlights, we wandered all over the stream bank calling out for him, but I guess he just needed to be alone with his death … to pass to the other side without our help avoiding a painful call to rejoin with the well members of the pack, something that I guess was very beyond his reach.

Harpo was the first puppy we hand raised. The first five years or so of his life he spent every night in our bedroom at the foot of our bed. This is one of the best ways of making a canine a member of your family. Harpo was really devoted to Barb and me, particularly, Barb. Through that stubborn attitude of a terrier, he espoused the object of that saying: every day I am trying to be the person my dog thinks I am. He was everything you expected a dog to be loyal, submissive, loving and occasionally incontinently disobedient.

Lately on the farm he had a particularly annoying habit of sleeping under the bush hog, which covered him from head to toe in grease. As you probably know a Westie is stereotypically a little fluffy white dog. In reality a Westie is a farm dog used in Scotland for hunting out varmints such as ground hogs and rats. Anyway they are supposed to have a thick, wiry white coat that will stand up to cold dank winters. He had a coat of greasy soft fur which Barb brushed out constantly. We brought Harpo from an amateur breeder, and because he was from over-bred stock he always had skin problems. This probably contributed to his demise. To keep him from continuous torture from fleas and ticks we used insecticides such as Top Line. Who knows? Perhaps this gave him cancer, but like many things in life, Harpo would have chosen his outdoor life of hunting against living in a box, protected from the elements. This is the balance that we must make as stewards of our animals, dogs mostly want to be dogs and I think that means letting them hunt live with other dogs, and mostly lie around sleeping in the sun.
In his last days he had 5 pack members. With his little legs, he knew his limitations. Still he loved to hunt the brush for squirrel, boles, and rabbits with the rest of the pack and he always loved to walk with us or follow us on horseback. I can remember countless rides watching him sprint across the hay fields, from more that half a mile away, a flying white mop, to join us.

It is sad that he had to wonder off, into the woods to die, we would have liked to have him pass away in our house. Still I can imagine him in the valley looking down on us with his resting place.


Images of London in June

As I collect my thoughts on the ERBC, I wanted to post some random images from the London trip.

Most folks stayed at the London Tower Hotel. The hotel is located next to St.Katherines Harbor. The day I took this photo it was very hot. Indeed the next day was the hottest day in 80 years.
Tower Hotel

The hotel is right next to the Tower of London. Here is a picture of the multitude of American Tourists entering.

Entrance to the tower of London


Tom's Research Magic Square

Here is my latest rating of the research groups:

This one goes out to all my friends in the software industry, I hope I don't get sued by Gartner, but it seems like fair use. If I missed someone or you want to change your position on the magic square, you can send the comments on a 12 ounce bar of palladium.
Accenture has a very interesting white paper on the effect of IT investment on corporate performance. It is published here. The paper covers a signature concept it calls the Five “I"s: industrialization, innovation, information, integration and infrastructure. One of the conclusions is that spending is not always investment. Oh, no another ZEN koan,! But seriously, there is some interesting information in the report. For instance, when asked about the adoption of (Accenture considers) 19 important technologies, CIO's routinely select technology that assist compliance. Annoyingly, Accenture did not list the technologies.

The paper warns companies against being too conservative. This was the canard about spending and investing. My question is: are technologies like BPM 2.0, business rules, web 2.0 and office 2.0 going to bypass these huge lumbering corporations, struggling to comply with SOX and oversized and outdated business models. I would like to bet on the Fortune 5,000,000.

Motivation, Passion and The Dharma of Businesses

I love business and I am eternally grateful to everyone that has helped me in my aspirations. As I have said earlier, I have gained so much from my involvement in Tibetan Buddhism. I would like to relay how my limited understanding of Buddhist philosophy and psychology influences my approach to business.

There is a common misconception that Buddhism expects one to be isolated and poor. This is not the case. Buddhism teaches us how to give up our harmful minds. As a Buddhist I have promised to live in a way that benefits all sentient beings. For a Buddhist in business, we should give up our clinging to bind ambition, lusting for power and position, aggression towards others. All these emotions cause suffering- not just in others but especially in me.

For me personally, my business must align with my passion for excellence in inspirational leadership, mentoring younger engineers, technical, and business staff. The work that inspires me improves our physical and intellectual well-being. Better roads, sewers, water treatment, computer systems, management information, decision tools have been a part of this mix.

I am motivated and passionate about belonging to an organization that supports my basic principles. These principles support and create a corporate culture of discipline, generosity, patience, enthusiasm, ethics, and faith.