Memento Mori: The Forgotten Truth

“You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.” Marcus Aurelius

The summer is a time of flourishing. The darkness of winter has passed. There is still new growth, rejuvenation and rebirth everywhere. In contrast to this appetite for new beginnings, there is one salient truth which we continually overlook: that each one of us will die. Whether rich or poor, successful or unsuccessful, intelligent or unintelligent, religious or atheist, the certainty of death is there for us all. And, some people deliberately keep this awareness at the forefront of their minds. Read More

Are Your Motivations Helping You or Hindering You?

You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old – whatever “the old” means for you. Sarah Ban Breathnach

In life, we are motivated by our values and ideals. They determine our actions in every situation. There are two types of motivations that we can follow: those driven by our personality or ego, our conditioned self, or those inspired by our unconditioned self, that higher, wiser part of our being.

If you are following the impulses of your personality, it is likely that in some areas, it is leading you into suffering. In reality, any area of your life where you are experiencing negative emotions is a sign that you are following, and acting upon, the ideals of the ego. A differentiator between these two types of impetuses is that the incentives of the ego mostly lead you into some form of action or behaviour, whereas those of the unconditioned self lead you to goals that are expressed in essence, not form. Read More

Hold On. Let Go. Which Should We Do?

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” Ann Landers

The summer break is a perfect time for reflecting on what is working in our lives, and what is not. What to hold onto, and what to let go of. Importantly, it is helpful to gain awareness of the behavioural habits, attachments to situations or people or to our unhelpful ways of thinking that are causing us suffering. And from here, let them go.

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