The world is in dire need of authentically happy people. The chronically unhappy tend to perpetrate crimes of varying magnitude against themselves, their fellow human beings, members of other species and the planet at large. You therefore owe it to yourself, your family and friends, and your entire sphere of influence to discover what makes […]
1. As a sentient being with the mixed blessing of self-awareness, you are part of the natural order; your life is inextricably linked to the web of nature. Let your actions reflect your awareness of this fact. 2. Whenever possible, relieve suffering and bring joy. Your own pain and happiness are linked to those of […]
Yesterday I saw one of those horrifying videos of an American cop savagely beating up a woman, and another casually spraying Mace into the eyes of a terrified little girl. My inner rage-beast was instantly hooked; I inwardly snarled, “Of COURSE it’s a white cop beating up on black women and children.” Then I caught […]
Robin Williams was a seemingly unstoppable force of nature; one is tempted to say supernature in his case. He seems to have been an open conduit for a thousand voices and another thousand personalities. Conduits trafficked that heavily have a way of giving out under the load. It seems that genius often consumes its weight […]
Be gentle with yourself and other selves. Do not engage with those who are at war with themselves. Learn to accept and smile at your many states of mind. Acknowledge your own imperfection, and that of everyone else, remembering that it’s the acceptance of our flaws that makes us genuine.
The bell is invited to sound. Happily, she obliges. The admonition, “Don’t forget to breathe!” Brings a smile. He had indeed forgotten (Living in forgetfulness is easy), But is a failing that demands redress, With nothing but restoration in view. And so the bell sounds once again, And incense rises to the nostrils of a […]
British historian Robert Robert Poole’s book, Earthrise: How Man First Saw the Earth, is an extraordinary account of two iconic photographs that captured the imagination of the whole world. On December 24, 1968, NASA’s Apollo 8 spacecraft sent two images to earth; one, the “Pale Blue Dot” made famous by Carl Sagan’s book by […]
Breathing is something of a miracle. Without any conscious effort, we breathe continuously over a lifetime, sustaining our lives. When we become aware of this remarkable process, we can derive a great deal of pleasure from it. Simply pausing to breathe in and out in awareness is a source of great enjoyment.
A melody at sunrise came wafting on the wind, And broke the snow-made silence of sparkling crystalline. A melody at sunrise came wafting on the wind; On fragile wings it came, and gently called my name.
Which Method Is Best for You? Focusing is about reducing the number of things in our field of view and concentrating on a single topic. It’s essential for emotional balance; these days we all have countless things all clamoring for our attention at the same time. As a result, we can wind up feeling scattered […]