Begin Your Journey With a HIKE

Jennifer Simpson
4 min readJan 27, 2024

Humility + Persistence = Progress

Photo by NEOM on Unsplash

Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, there is a field. Come meet me there.


In my last article, I wrote about the power of joy and play to shift us from the kind of intractable conflict that feels bad and gets us nowhere into a field of possibility where a kind of happy hopefulness invites creativity.

Whenever we sit out to learn something new, the first thing we must do is unlearn all the things that keep us stuck in our current point of view. This doesn’t mean unlearning everything that we know. It just means loosening our grip on those certain things that have us defend, resist and avoid Positions that might challenge something that we’ve won believed.

When we feel this kind of resistance rise up in us, it’s helpful to look at those places where we have a stance of arrogance or hubris that has us hold on to what we think we know over asking the curious question.

I’ve designed the KOAN method around a series of mantras that are designed to bring us back to our most creative and curious selves and the first of these is the HIKE mantra.



Jennifer Simpson

An artist, poet, leader, lover, daughter, sister, and mother living in Boulder, Colorado. Owner and CEO at Integrated Work. Author of the KOAN method.