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  • Why any relationship needs counseling

    Mostly when a relationship starts to struggle, the first reaction is to ignore the issues and hope it will go away. The ‘burying their head in the sand’ expression comes to mind. The notion is that the supposedly dumb ostrich believes that if it can’t see its attacker then the attacker can’t see it. This…

  • Spirituality and your child

    The French philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin once wrote: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” For most of us, there is something about this idea, “… we are spiritual beings having a human experience,” that resonates at a very deep level.  It is as…

  • A Little Buddhist secret on happiness

    When it comes to happiness, it is important to recognize that feelings are not to be trusted. And on this topic, the Buddhist position is particularly interesting. Buddhism has given the question of happiness more importance than most any other human philosophy. For more than 2,500 years, Buddhists have systematically studied the essence and causes…

  • The Zen of you can’t change yourself

    You can’t change yourself, so don’t even try. I know that’s not what the infomercials and self-help books tell you. But they’re wrong. You can’t change. Like a fat man staring into an empty fridge—there’s nothing there. So, stop it. Why can’t you change yourself? Because the whole idea of change is an illogical construct.…

  • The Earth is a loving mother

    We need to change our way of thinking about things. Particularly concerning the Earth as not just our environment, not just as something outside of us. Rather start seeing the Earth as our mother, nourishing and protecting us, giving us air to breathe, fresh water to drink and food to eat. Think about it, every…

  • Suicide, meaning and the now

    If there is any philosopher who is famous for contemplating suicide, it’s the French philosopher Albert Camus, who proposed that, “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.” Which could be translate to something like; the answer you give to the question why you don’t commit suicide, must be that which…

  • Do good anyway

    You can be kind. You can be good. You can be patient, loving, and giving. But at the end of the day, you cannot control the outcome of your life. Your friends may abandon you. Your love may leave. Your health may fail you. Your life may be taken from you. Rather than troubling yourself…

  • Be You!

    Sometimes people who travel to third-world countries report that although the people are very poor they seem much “happier”. They often follow it up with some comparison to materialism and an inference that we’d all be so much happier if we knew how to live with less. This off course is not totally true, but…

  • How Nature Benefits Your Brain

    Recent studies show that nature and especially the coast, is one of the best places to alleviate stress and find calm to recharge our minds. The reasons for this is quite fascinating. In nature all your senses are engaged, and this means you can’t help but wake up out of your urban slumber. Maybe this…

  • Addiction and Mindfulness

    One of the first steps in dealing with addiction is to discover the emotional cause of it, whether it is fear, depression, anxiety, or unhappiness.  And what triggers these emotions. Why? Because the two main causes of relapse are personal triggers and stress. And while it may be a little bit more manageable for a…