A couple days ago I chanced upon a wonderful interview that touched me. It was between Anderson Cooper and Stephen Colbert. What struck me the most was how authentic and real their conversation felt.Read More
When circumstances are painful, the more you think about them the deeper you fall into the grip of suffering.
Where do you focus your attention in that case?
Try art.Read More
A humbling reality most people tend to forget is that the future is not guaranteed or owed. All you have is this present moment. Nothing is owed to you — no matter how certain it may feel. All you can control is your mind and your mental expectations.Read More
Humans are just not intrinsically designed to be patient and not react on impulsive decisions.
So when I first read about the skill of “patient acceptance” in a Buddhist book, I was definitely not buying it.
The famous saying you may have heard on the internet that is the core tenet of Buddhism is this:
“Expectation is the root of all human suffering.”
Optimism is defined as “hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something”.
When it comes to people, optimism may be harder to practice especially if you watch their dark sides pretty closely. Imagine if you had a microscopic view of all the germs inside your phone, you would probably never hold it close to your face that long. But human beings have way more negative thoughts and emotions inside their minds. It’s natural! Lift the hood under your own mind and watch how quickly your demons take over as well. It’s part of the human experience that we all have negative thoughts.Read More
There are times and periods in life where it simply stinks to be at the receiving end of bad news.
Bad news aka unfavorable outcomes are dreaded by all of us because they cause unpleasant feelings.Read More