How to Live Longer: The Buddhist Practice of Saving Life

photo credit: BarefootAdrianne “No thing is as dear to someone as his or her own life, so no greater crime is there than taking life away. And no conditioned virtue brings greater merit than the act of saving beings and ransoming their lives.” – Chatral Rinpoche. Many years ago in the Himalayas I met a […]

What Your Dreams Can Teach You About Being Awake (and Happy)

photo credit: koke We all dream. Some more than others. Some people will go off on fantasy journeys to far of lands where the imagination creates a smorgasbord of sensual pleasures. Other people will toss and turn the night over as they struggle to wake up from a nightmare that seems all too real. But […]

How to Make Every Minute of Your Life Meaningful

photo credit: Desirée Delgado “My religion is to live and die without regret.” – Milarepa Something that scares me more than anything else is dying with regret. I don’t want to look back on my younger years wishing I had done something differently or wishing that I hadn’t hurt this or that person. Regret scares […]

Bad Company: Are Your Friends Really Friends?

photo credit: Photo Mojo “Put a rose in a sack of fish and soon the rose will start to stink too. Be careful of the company you keep.” – His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Urgyen Trinley Dorje. Are your friends really your friends? Are they supporting and enhancing your life or are they teaching you […]

Why Do You Still Hate Your Job?

photo credit: Andy Wilkes You get up every day with a frown on your face. Grab your towel, drudge down the hall to the shower. Get dressed, eat some breakfast, kiss your kids goodbye and walk out the door. In half an hour you’ll be back at the job you hate. Tomorrow you will do […]

How to Let Go of the Past and Not Fear Your Future – PART 2

photo credit: lanuiop “When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.” – John M. Richardson, Jr. A few days ago we looked at how to let go of the past; the first article in our […]

How to Let Go of the Past and Not Fear Your Future

photo credit: “Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.” – Wayne dyer. The other night I was sitting down with my brother watching a late night soccer match when we started talking about […]

How to Overcome Your Addictions

photo credit: loremipsum Everyone is addicted to something. For me it is coffee. I love it. Others have an addiction to drugs, sex or video games. And the sad thing about addictions is that they overtake your entire life; everything else comes second. In this post I am going to give you some practical and […]

How to Look Back on Your Life with No Regrets

photo credit: Lucky B “My religion is to live and die without regrets.” – Milarepa, Tibet’s greatest ever yogi. Imagine this. You are old, frail and sick. You are laying in your bed with your children and family members around you. They are crying. Their eyes are red and their faces pull forced smiles trying […]

How to Become More Patient With Friends, Enemies & Circumstances

photo credit: b_heyer “He that can have Patience, can have what he will” – Benjamin Franklin Would you like to become a more patient person? Are you constantly snapping at friends and family for seemingly meaningless issues? What about your enemies? Are you ever patient towards them? Did you get angry the last time someone […]

How You Can Defeat Cynicism and Become a Positive Thinker

photo credit: juicyrai Do you assume the best or the worst? Are you filled with hope or are you filled with doubt? Do you think kindly of the people around you or do you judge their motivations? At times it seems as if the whole world is absorbed in negative cynicism. In this post I […]

17 Simple Mantras to Get You Through Christmas Angst

photo credit: techmeister Did you know that there are more suicides at Christmas time than any other time of the year? Did you know there are more runaways, family arguments and violent domestic acts on the 25th of December than any other day of the year? This supposedly joyous time of year can actually be […]

5 Ways to Destroy Your Daily Depression

photo credit: AdamCohn We all know the feeling of daily depression. It is that sh$%house state where you feel depressed for no particular reason. You can’t seem to get excited or happy about anything and you feel boxed-in, trapped and alone. In this post I am going to show you 5 simple ways to destroy […]

How to Become the Happiest Person You Know

photo credit: iMorpheus Have you ever met one of those people that just ooze happiness? They are amazing company and they often command the attention of everybody in the vicinity. Being around them even makes you feel happier – it’s as if their peace of mind is contagious. What a wonderful gift that they have […]

What Tibet’s Greatest Ever Yogi Can Teach Us About Living Life

His name was Milarepa and he was a murderer. The start of this yogi’s life was marred by violence, hatred and revenge. But mention his name to any Tibetan and their eyes will well up with tears of devotion and joy. For this is a story about change. This is a man who recognized his […]

Why Your Education Must Not End When School Does

photo credit: Mickey_P Education is the best provision for the journey to old age. – Aristotle. Most of us go to primary school, high school and then college. After that we dive in to a job where we maybe spend a few years getting educated on the ins and outs of the business. But the […]

6 Ways to Beat Depression During the Winter Months

photo credit: jdebner The days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder and you are starting to feel pretty down. It’s winter. A lot of people suffer from increased feelings of depression during the winter months. In this post I want to show you a few ways that you can help beat the winter […]

Think for Yourself: Why Being a Conformist in Life is Dangerous

photo credit: mildiou “Humanity’s most valuable assets have been the non-conformists. Were it not for the non-conformists, he who refuses to be satisfied to go along with the continuance of things as they are, and insists upon attempting to find new ways of bettering things, the world would have known little progress, indeed.” – John […]

How to Support a Loved One Through Tough Times

photo credit: Blush Response “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill Every now and then life throws you a curve ball. Your best friend gets cancer, your wife loses her job or your daughter breaks up with her first high school love. In these trying times it is important to support your […]