Managing Anxiety

We live in a world where the dials are gradually being turned up. This brings us great opportunities for growth but also the stress of almost constant change. Globalization has made our world smaller but has exposed us to the breadth of human suffering.

As a result, hypertension, PTSD, and anxiety disorders have become normal. The most common illnesses are either directly caused by stress or deeply influenced by it.

If we want to enjoy life and grow in healthy ways, we need to learn how to be in the world the way it is now. Aversion and escapism are … Continue Reading…

Favouring the Positive

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s good to favour the positive, to give more of our attention to what brings enjoyment than pain.

I don’t mean in the sense of faking it or resisting what is here. If we’re feeling anger or grief, we should feel them fully. This ensures they complete and resolve.

But at a certain point in all experience, we reach a place of choice where we can continue to dwell on the past or the feeling or we can let it go and move on. That’s when it’s good to choose joy.

By enjoyment here, I … Continue Reading…

Merciful God

[Maharishi asks himself this question]

“How do you know that God has been merciful in creating Man?

“God has created eternal bliss in the innermost area of Man’s personality.  In the innermost region of Man, He has filled that with infinite happiness, infinite energy, infinite intelligence.  In the outer aspect of Man’s personality, He has created the desire to go that way – the desire to go to more happiness, more energy, more intelligence.  This nature of the outside life, to flow in the direction of more and more and more and more, this is the nature.  So Man’s outer … Continue Reading…

Why is really Who

To a debate on philosophy vs spirituality…

To me the bigger question is who wants to know. As the old texts note, we’re usually driven by desire for pleasure and aversion to pain. But when we move out of that drama, the old drivers fall away and there may be a fallow period. What once moved us forward is no longer there. It’s a little like how “childish things” fall away as we become teens.

When who we recognize ourselves to be changes, so too does our perception of the world and what is true. And that changes our motivations, … Continue Reading…

The Origin of Meaning

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”
– Joseph Campbell

We’re meaning-makers. We don’t find meaning in life by looking for it. We find it by creating it. And that comes from having life experiences and recognizing what is important for us. What has meaning for us. For one person, being in nature will have the most meaning. For another, organizing information. For another, creating the ultimate music. And so forth.

This doesn’t mean the world is … Continue Reading…