Turning Poison into Medicine: How to Move Through Challenges… and Become Happier


The idea of ‘turning poison into medicine’ comes from a form of Buddhism called Nichiren Buddhism. This is a sect of Japanese Buddhism based on the teachings of its founder Nichiren in the 13th century. One of the key tenets of this approach is that our suffering is not caused by our attachment to our desires, as traditional Buddhism teaches. It purports, instead, that our suffering is caused by our belief that we lack the personal power to overcome the challenges that confront us. That ultimately, we are powerless in the face of adversity. And this can lead us to states of severe anxiety and depression where we are consumed by feelings of powerlessness, worry and despair. Read More

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. Thomas Edison

This is one of my favourite quotes and I have found this quote to be so true for me this year. Since deciding to climb Mount Kilimanjaro early in the year, I have found this to be a year of expanding my ideas of what I thought I was capable of doing. This is the value of having a “big” goal or intention that is in alignment with our energy – it forces us to expand and break through our own self imposed limitations, gently and easily. Read More

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