Many of us think that if we are wanting more, we must necessarily be unhappy with where we are, or we must be trying to escape our current circumstances. Many think that the teaching of deliberate attraction is contrary to the traditional spiritual teaching of contentment.
Yet it is entirely possible to be in full acceptance of our current set of circumstances, yet at the same time to seek to experience more. (more…)
If we are urging first world countries to forgive the debt of poorer third world countries, are we willing to do this on a personal level too?
I believe we should. As above, so below. What works for the macrocosm must work for the microcosm.
Whether your supposed oppressor or aggressor has hurt you with words or in other ways, it helps you more than them to assume a stance of forgiveness. Whether or you let your aggressor off the hook or choose to take the matter to court, it still helps to assume this stance internally. (more…)
One of the words I’ve used on my profile is “Philosopher.” I realise that this is often seen as quite an abstraction, so I’ll use this opportunity to talk about philosophy and its relevance to our modern day lives and world.
What is philosophy anyway?
Well, to begin with a very basic definition, philosophy is the study of the deeper aspects and questions of life like reality, existence, knowledge, values, purpose and existence. (more…)
While chatting with an old friend the other day, she was expressing how wonderful it is to have so much knowledge so readily available to us these days especially pertaining to life and the bigger picture. She was quick to add, though, that this often leads to information overload, and leaves her at a loss of how to ‘connect the dots.’ Almost as a joke, she said she wished there was a ‘précis version’ – all in one page or one paragraph!
I thought this would be an interesting exercise, so here goes: (more…)
Since there is generally a lot of vagueness around the terms of awareness, consciousness and enlightenment, I wrote this post to bring more definition, distinction and clarity to these terms..
One could define without too much difficulty what a flower is, or even what a space shuttle is. These are objects of your awareness, as is any material object in our world. Even events – like rain or Christmas – are objects of your awareness, and are not too difficult to understand or describe. (more…)
I generally steer away from using the word God, as it has become a tarnished and very misunderstood word. But today I find it necessary to use the word to discuss this topic.
Some people say that our purpose in life is to serve God. Indeed some religions teach this.
Some take this further and, seeing how impractical this is, say that the only way to serve God is to serve others. (more…)