Socio-Cultural

Irony of buying Einstein’s advice on happiness

By |2019-08-02T21:14:49+11:00November 13th, 2017|

It was in the news recently that an advice on a note written by Albert Einstein describing his theory of happiness has sold for US$1.56 million at a Jerusalem auction. See here or here. And what did the note read? “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.” -Einstein

“Don’t judge me!” Is Judgement Always Harmful?

By |2019-08-02T21:24:32+11:00May 4th, 2016|

Judgment is not necessarily always harmful. Is judgement helpful or 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 relationships? Many of us have a conflicting or ambivalent understanding of judgement. I believe that gaining a clearer understanding of judgment can be extremely helpful and empowering in our relationship with ourselves and with others.

“If Abbott is not stupid, why does he keep doing stupid things?” The Enneagram might shed light.

By |2019-10-13T12:33:15+11:00December 3rd, 2015|

"On one occasion, Turnbull found himself in an Adelaide pub drinking beer with a group of workers from the Australian Submarine Corporation. Abbott, the workers told him, was an idiot. Of course he isn't, Turnbull replied. The man is a Rhodes Scholar with a degree in economics from Oxford University. He's actually very bright. The

Power of gratuitude

By |2019-10-13T09:32:52+11:00December 2nd, 2015|

"This society would fall apart if not for another economy, one in which gifts surpass expectations, in which insufficiency is acknowledged and dependence celebrated." I enjoyed reading this op-ed by David Brooks in New York Times about gratitude and felt like sharing it with you here. It reminded me of a dear Sufi friend of

8 Surprising Habits that Might Prevent Authentic Happiness

By |2017-12-12T22:05:48+11:00December 24th, 2014|

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