A Basic Explanation of Mindfulness

Being mindful means being aware of what you are doing and what is in your immediate environment. Often, we are not mindful, which means that instead of focusing on what we are directly experiencing, our mind wander off elsewhere. I may be eating a delicious meal, but not noticing the flavours; instead, I am off…

The Wonders of Science and Religion

The wonders of science are as moving, as breathtaking, and as illuminating as the greatest wonders of religion. The essential difference, however, is that scientific wonders do not rely on faith, but are empirically reproducible and directly observable. If religion seeks to reveal the wonders behind and beyond the world, science seeks to reveal the…

A Wave of Love

For no reason at all, And with no cause, A wave of love Surges up within me. It doesn’t want anything, Or ask for anything. It doesn’t seek to teach Or to refute. It isn’t out to convert, Or to convince people That there is One Self, Or no self to be found; It has…

Letting Go is Never a Choice

Letting go of someone is never a choice. It either happens or it does not, but no amount of willing it can make it happen. Feelings remain until they subside. This is the way of nature.

The Disarming Power of Vulnerability

Few things are more touching than when a person momentarily drops all their guards and social defenses and stands before us plainly vulnerable. It is easy to lash out against a social mask or a boundary a person has put up, but pure vulnerability disarms us in a way that a show of force never…

Social Harmony is Founded on Socially-Accepted Lies

Social harmony is founded, not on honesty, but on socially-accepted lies. In our society, lying is encouraged as a social convention. Ever notice how people often get angry when you tell the truth? We’ve learned to prefer comforting lies to uncomfortable truths. We talk to each other through filters and often say what we think…

Attachment to Desired Outcomes Makes Us Less Likely to Achieve Them

‎ “The one who releases himself from the emotional attachment to a desired outcome is, ironically, the one most likely to realize that  outcome.” –Erik Von Markovik Before I came across Markovik’s wise words, I found this lesson out the hard way through life experiences. This statement is all too true. When we care too much…

Keen Insight and Brave Action: Some Reflections on Limitations

Every day, we find ourselves hounded by things we perceive as limitations.  These limitations are apparent in our thoughts: “I’d love to go swimming, but I can’t; I’d drown.” “I’d love to ask that girl out, or even just talk to her, but I’m too shy.” “I can’t leave my room. There’s a spider out…

On the Relation Between the Language and the Physical World

Language and the physical world (universe) inter-contain each other; languages are simply small parts of the universe, but through their generalized concepts, they embrace the universe. We cannot reduce language to the universe, nor can we reduce the universe to language. Both are gross oversimplifications. They are mutually-embracing, mutually-inclusive aspects of human experience.

An Insight into Hatred

Hatred always says more about the person hating than it does about the object of the hatred.