Behind the Illusion

Most of us live in a highly nuanced bubble of perception. The world we perceive is our own fabrication, fashioned by our history, programming and intrinsic temperament. Fully appreciating the beauty of life is the byproduct of equanimity. Accessing this state requires...

This Is Peace

There are no future conditions that guarantee happiness or peace of mind. That kind of relief and well-being doesn’t magically appear when a number of external criteria are satisfied. It comes from understanding that life is created by the play of opposites,...

Feel Those Feelings

You can’t control the feelings that arise in you – and you shouldn’t try. You can’t even know for sure where your feelings come from. But, you can definitely control the type of thoughts you cultivate. This is vitally important because every...

The Science of Mindfulness

There’s a split second between a feeling or thought and our reaction to it. Paying attention to this gap and learning to momentarily delay action until we can do it consciously, helps us respond from the prefrontal cortex, the more thoughtful part of the brain....

Self-Consciousness

It’s common to want to protect our self-image. If we feel it’s threatened, we can react defensively or aggressively, as if our very safety hangs in the balance. But, activation of these instinctive reactions to protect our personal identity, ironically...