The One Thing You Can Do in Bringing Peace to the World

Modern society, as we can observe, is inundated in chaos, quarrel, and confusion. Every time we turn on the TV, we see people killing each other, fighting over position and power, trying to dominate others through fear and intimidation, people starving, people running away from their countries to save their…

Getting Over the Guru Fix: Learning to Live a Leaderless Existence

Since the beginning of time human societies have frequently had someone in charge. From tribal chiefs to kings to democratic presidents, there has almost always been a ‘boss‘. Although comforting to some, there have also always been freethinkers — anarchists who swim against the current and desire to have the…

Why You Don’t Owe Anyone Your Story

“When you go into the public domain by the media route everybody develops the illusion that they own you. They resent even slight efforts at privacy.” ~ Marshall McLuhan We live in a golden age of information availability. Almost anything we want to know, we can find, and we often…

5 Ways To Vote With Your Lifestyle

The call to protect the planet; to honour the lives of people in poor nations who make clothes for the west; to advocate for communities that don’t have access to things that we take for granted; rings loud and clear. A culture of convenience brought us here, and now consumers…

15 of the Deepest Buddhist Koans For Your Contemplation

Buddhist koans are an ancient and incredibly effective tool for spiritual teaching. They are known to many in the west as “unanswerable” questions, meant to puzzle and provoke a student’s thinking. This is a misconception. In traditional Zen Buddhism, koans are intended to be answered, though the answer may be…

Why We Call It Spiritual PRACTICE

“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape…

The Will to be Wise: Seven Pieces of Advice from Shakespeare

Although he was a success on stage, William Shakespeare suffered many losses — his 11-year-old son, his brothers, and his parents died while he was writing his comedies and tragedies, and he certainly knew the pain of losing a lover. Here are seven ways he has his characters cope with…

As A Disabled Person, Here Are The Top 6 Ways I Deal With Discrimination.

As a deaf and legally blind woman I encounter discrimination on pretty much a daily basis. Whether it’s through low expectations, assumptions, apprehensiveness or plain old obtuseness, there are plenty of life lessons I’ve learned from this behavior over the years. Many of these are applicable across the board, not…

Four Proven Ways a Simple Lifestyle Reduces Stress and Makes You Healthier

Thoreau extolled the virtues of a simple lifestyle, and his impassioned plea to ‘simplify, simplify’ in Walden, is echoed by many other proponents of the simple life. Leo Tolstoy’s vision of a simple, self-sustaining lifestyle after a life of indulgence and decadence in turn influenced Gandhi’s teachings of spiritual and…

Are You Afraid of Your Boss? Zen Says: You Have No “Boss”

Imagine the anxiety; your boss asks you to make a presentation for a group of potential clients whose investment is important to the future of the company. He stresses that the quality of the presentation is crucial to whether they come on board, and he hints at a promotion if you…

55 Buddha Quotes

Gautama Buddha’s teachings are the foundation of not only Buddhism, but all current new age spirituality. These teachings and quotations have been reinterpreted again and again in books, articles, and countless other medias. Amidst all this more recent and valuable content, its easy to lose sight of the teachings the…

Nobody’s Perfect: The Dirt on 6 of History’s Most Beloved Figures

It was the waggish words of the womanizing cad multi-millionaire Osgood Fielding III in the classic comedy ‘Some like it hot’ that ever so quaintly put the obvious into perspective. ‘Well nobody’s perfect’ he declared to a shocked and taken-aback-in-drag Jack Lemon, who had seconds before just revealed that he…

March 25, 2016 By

10 Hobbies That Will Make You Smarter and Wiser

It is often argued that we are either born with the gift of natural ability or that it is something that can be improved and taught over time. We all have that friend who for some reason is able to automatically learn something without even trying. They can pick up…

February 22, 2016 By

11 Things To Remember When You’re Having A Bad Day

A couple of years ago, not too far back, I went through one of the worst phases in my life. My career was going nowhere, I could hardly make ends meet, my family life was in shambles and whatever I touched seemed to turn to ash. How did this happen?…