Perhaps a deep rooted joy and peace does not lie in the pursuit of happiness, but in addressing the contributors to one's perception of unhappiness. Popular today are encouragements to think positive, happy and grateful thoughts. And if that comes easily and naturally, stay with that! However, there are many, myself included, who have discomfort with denying … Continue reading 16 Effective Ways To Dissolve Unhappiness
The freshness of the coming year is heralded well before its dawn. Transitions are rarely cataclysmic, overnight changes like the celebration of a 31st night would have us believe. More often, there are gradual shifts towards a tipping point, followed by an adjustment period of recalibration to a newer way of being. So for those of … Continue reading Preparing For The New (Year)
This post may disturb those inclined towards compulsive positive thinking. But it is likely to provide much needed relief to those who feel stretched and pressured by this kind of an expectation. For myself, I have found that calling a spade a spade (and a rose a rose!) brings immense ease. So much of our … Continue reading “I must be happy. All the time.” – Is That True?
What is at the bottom of the discontent and restlessness that so many of us are grappling with today? We imagine that we are not good enough, or do not have enough because of the absence of some person, object or circumstance. In reality, we have it backwards. Everything that is wistfully parked in the future … Continue reading Are You Singing Your Own Song Or Dancing To Another Tune?
All around me, I see family, friends and clients re-examining their lives and looking for ways to implement a dramatic change. As individuals grow in self awareness and clarity, there is a deep desire to embody a more authentic way of being. A life that honours a freer, transparent way, our innate talents and longings, … Continue reading 9 Tips To Reinventing Yourself
Verdant green forests, craggy white mountains, gurgling rivers and roaring seas. Who would not be tempted to explore these? He set out with empty hands and a heart filled with wonder at what lay before him. Every step a sacred communion. Every breath in - one of joy. Every breath out - a reverent sigh. … Continue reading Really Short Stories: ‘The River Sings. Listen.’
When we call a dog a 'dog', there is an implicit expectation that we are both in agreement with who/what a dog is. But this is an incomplete communication of what a ‘dog’ means to each person in the conversation. For example, for one - it is immediately associated with a soul friend, for another … Continue reading Unpeeling Our Labels
She swept her garden clean, wiping the sweat off her brow. It was hard work, maintaining this place. Rising before daylight, diligently raking fallen leaves from the ground. When she was done, the courtyard was a pristine clean. Visitors would pause, untold, at the doorway. Hesitant to drag in mud with their shoes. One quick … Continue reading Really Short Stories: A Clean Sweep
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d27gTrPPAyk Isn't it interesting how we avoid talking about someone's impending death when they are alive, and then feel even more uncomfortable or emotional mentioning them once they are dead? The fundamental, incontrovertible fact of death is one we have pushed into the closet, neither discussing it enough, nor embracing it enough. Ironically, in it's … Continue reading What If Acknowledging Death Makes One Come Alive?