Mantra Meditation for Anxiety and Stress

Even in the best of times, anxiety is no stranger, so it’s no surprise now in the worst of times. There is plenty to be anxious about; I was talking to a friend earlier today about the current protests and she said, “Older generations have seen this before — the riots in the 1980s, 1960s, etc— but this is the first time our generation is … Continue reading Mantra Meditation for Anxiety and Stress

Is life balance possible?

In a previous post I briefly touched on the Buddhist concept of “The Middle Way,” in relation to love and relationships. The gist was that we should neither rush into falling in love nor reject love altogether. Instead, we should slowly progress towards a meaningful love. The middle way isn’t just relevant to love, it’s the overarching philosophy that governs Buddhism. The Buddha developed the … Continue reading Is life balance possible?

West vs East: Which philosophy is right about relationships?

Chapter 6 of the Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt, is all about relationships. Do we need relationships? Are they useful? Do they bring us joy? For the most part, we’d all agree to answer “yes,” right? It almost seems outlandish to question the value of relationships here in the Western hemisphere where we’ve mastered rom-coms, marriage counseling and, a weird, possessive attachment to our pets. … Continue reading West vs East: Which philosophy is right about relationships?