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Stop struggling to turn off the darkness, start striving to turn on the light

Suppose we are lost in a dark room. We bump into and stumble over various things, hurting ourselves. To avoid such...


Wrong philosophy may not obstruct people spiritually as much as our calling their philosophy wrong

When we encounter people who follow some philosophy that we see as having many holes, we may be tempted to call their...


If we repeatedly let our mind take us to hell, eventually it won’t let us come back

Addicts often live in their own mental hell. Their mind subjects them to tormenting emotions: unbearable cravings,...


Worrying about the world’s problems is often an excuse for not working on our own problems

Many people worry constantly about world problems such as climate change and discrimination. While these are serious...


Watch yourself as if you are someone you don’t know

Suppose we want to develop a relationship with someone. We will observe them carefully, noting how they behave in...


During our idle time, the mind works overtime

We often look forward to holidays when we can get a break from life’s daily grind and just relax. But unfortunately,...


To be happy is possible, to be happier than others is impossible

We all want to be happy, but we often tie our happiness to certain conceptions. One such common conception is that we will...


Just because we have a right to be angry doesn’t mean we are right to be angry

Sometimes, people wrong us by acting foolishly, irresponsibly or treacherously. At such times, we feel angry with...


To be assertive, we sometimes need to be aggressive, adequately and adeptly

The nature of people, and the nature of life itself, is such that we are sometimes put in confrontation with others....


More important than the study of matter is the study of what matters

We live in an age of technology. As compared to a few centuries ago, technological advancement has increased...


We may have a million reasons to be resentful, but still resentment remains utterly unhelpful and can be horribly harmful

Life is tough. People let us down. Things go downhill for no apparent reason. We ourselves make a mess of things, often...


When life is uncomfortable, thank God that it is not unbearable

We all experience discomfort at times. The discomfort may be because of loneliness, boredom, overwork, worry,...


As long as we hide behind ourselves, we can’t challenge ourselves

Suppose we are afraid of some aggressor and choose to hide behind some protector. If, later, our protector suppresses...