With Xmas and the New Year round the corner, there will be a peak of fun and activities as well as workplace gatherings and family reunions which are bound to shake us a little bit out of our daily routines and comfort zones. For some this could mean facing more intense peaks and troughs of
Judgment is not necessarily always harmful. "Don't judge me!" could be both a powerful liberating statement and a misguided one creating misunderstanding and separation. Have you ever wondered what judgement actually is? If it is just harmful, then how can we know good from bad and legitimately express our preferences in life and in our
The Buddha said: Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it. But how do we discover our work? And even if we did, where do we find the "basic trust"; that fundamental capacity to surrender? How do we become able to let go of what we
This a re-post from an article which I liked in the PsychCentral blog. I am sharing it because over time I have seen how such habits inhibit one's authentic happiness. I have come across these and similar conditionings in myself and many clients. Bottom line is the lifetime practice of "questioning the status quo", the self-inquiry and
Everything we do involves some sort of decision making. Sometimes we make poor decisions, sometimes we do much better; at other times we get stuck and torn between our choices. Whether we are limited in our choices or have too many options; whether the decision we are facing is trivial or critical, one thing
I asked her what do you want to be when you grow up? The bright-eyed, lively ten year old replied: "I want to be myself". Wow, I was amazed, thrilled; what an exhilarating response coming from a ten year old girl. I remember when I was about ten years old, during the euphoria of man having landed on the
This article is kindly submitted by Saroja Swami and Alphonse Benoit. It adds a valuable different perspective to the question of free will which was explored earlier in "Dear Rumi, Do I have free will?". Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments below; or even submit them for consideration to be posted in
Rumi Calendar - Response to the May Question: Purpose, work Why am I here? Is there a purpose to my life? What about work, is there a relationship between my making a living and my purpose? Rumi tells us that yes there is a reason we are here and we do have a true purpose.
Can you truly see what is in front of you? Is seeing really believing? Can you really see other people’s perspectives? Our minds are amazing but in doing what they are designed to do –particularly in today’s busy world saturated with sensory inputs and information overload– they can filter out critical information in favour of speed of
The New Year is almost upon us and the tradition calls for people making their New Year’s Resolutions. Losing weight/getting fit, improving one’s financial situation (debt management, getting a better job, …), creating better relationship with family and friends, and quitting smoking or alcohol are consistently among the most popular New Year’s resolutions every year.