• Healing The Deep Insecurity That Creates Loneliness

    A friend recently asked me if I ever felt lonely. I thought about it, and realised that it had been a long time since I remembered feeling lonely. This realisation was huge for me. For most of my life I had suffered from a deep sense of loneliness. It’s the kind of loneliness that did not go away just because I had company, but one that stayed perpetually in the background of my psyche like some quietly-growing disease.

    Afterwards, I reflected on when my loneliness had left me. It was definitely a very gradual shift over many years of self-healing. … Keep reading

  • Book Review: Tiny Buddha’s Guide To Loving Yourself

    Tiny Buddha’s Guide To Loving Yourself

    I mentioned in my previous post that there is a lack of resources that can truly guide us to practice self-love.  Perhaps you too have been hoping that a practical and inspiring guide on the subject of self-love would be available.  If so, Lori Deschene’s new book Tiny Buddha’s Guide To Loving Yourself should come as good news.

    This book is a gem.  The author, who is the founder of Tiny Buddha (one of the most popular personal development sites on the internet), has compiled 40 inspiring and touching personal stories shared by contributors to the Tiny Buddha blog.  I … Keep reading

  • The Enormous Power Of Forgiveness

    If you’re like me, you would probably roll your eyes when someone mentions the word “forgiveness”.  Like “self-love and “being present”, forgiveness is a word we see everywhere in the self-help world.  We know these concepts are important spiritual practices that will enrich our lives and lead to personal growth, but they’ve been offered so much that it’s become boring to hear it again and again.

    The problem isn’t that forgiveness is boring, it is that it’s seldom elaborated beyond the superficial meaning of the word.  When we hear the word, we think we already know what it means.  But … Keep reading

  • Celebrating The Spirit Of Humanity

    Every now and then, I am reminded of the richness and depth that is found in the human spirit.  In the materialistic world in which we live, we tend to relate to one another on a superficial level, and the human spirit is often concealed from our perception.  Since the materialistic world thrives on power struggles, our motivation has been lowered to “how do I get more?”.  In our drive to rise above others as the biggest, strongest, richest, best, we dampen the spirits of those with whom we interact.

    In such a world where we’re often caught in a … Keep reading