The Path to Experiencing God Lies in Forgetting God

Before you react too strongly to the title of this post, secular or religious, I want to propose an idea. Suppose you were an explorer back in the days before every piece of land had been charted and recorded. Suppose, also, that you encountered a strange land unknown to your fellow countrymen. Your first desire … Continue reading The Path to Experiencing God Lies in Forgetting God

Learning to Choose Peace

Throughout our days, we love to "do things." We may not appreciate specific activities, such as washing dishes or going to work at 6 AM, but we are certainly enthralled by the process of being busy with "things." And very often, we do these "things" out of sheer force of habit, or worse, out of … Continue reading Learning to Choose Peace

Why We Like to be Unhappy

Admit it to yourself, if only as an intellectual exercise (it's alright, I won't judge): We like to be unhappy sometimes. Now, before everybody fetches their pitchforks, let me offer a brief explanation. When I say that we like to be unhappy, I merely mean that unhappiness—like all other states of mind and emotional situations—has … Continue reading Why We Like to be Unhappy

It Begins and Ends with You

This post will be a short, but hopefully sweet, one. It will be about problems—seemingly the bread and butter of the human experience. So often in life we feel besieged by problems that arise from external situations and individuals. We feel that these problems are thrust upon us, and that we are forced to either … Continue reading It Begins and Ends with You

Is the Headspace App Worth it?

Before I get into this review, I'd like to point out that everybody is at a different stage in the process of meditation. In the same way that a doctor prescribes different medication for different ailments, we need to find the tools, techniques, and approaches that work best for us as we are. With that … Continue reading Is the Headspace App Worth it?

How to Stop Procrastinating (Now)

Procrastination is one of those seemingly inescapable pitfalls in the human condition. We all do it, in both trivial and grand ways, even though it doesn’t serve any outward purpose. It’s not quite the same as hesitation, which is fear-based, nor is it exactly rooted in laziness. We simply believe that we’ll do our particular … Continue reading How to Stop Procrastinating (Now)

What Happens When you Die?

Death is one of the most illogical things about life. It drives a wedge into our neatly packaged notions of meaning in the world, forcing you to ask an essential question: why would something be born just to die? And when you ask that, you're thrown into realms of speculation. You wonder if there's anything … Continue reading What Happens When you Die?

Awakening is the Goal of Life

Philosophers have been pondering the meaning of life since time immemorial, but the answer may be in the one place we never thought to look. When we ask ourselves about the meaning of life, we make two assumptions. One is that life is somehow separate from us, or that we can exist in any other … Continue reading Awakening is the Goal of Life

Editing a Novel and Impermanence

Editing a novel is a source of immeasurable suffering for writers around the world. And I totally get it. When the Buddha set out to understand why we suffer, he began by examining our common conception of phenomena in the world. By peering deeply into them, he understood their nature. And their nature, he said, … Continue reading Editing a Novel and Impermanence