Angry Buddha?

Angry Buddha?

Can one be assertive with compassion? I have been reflecting a lot these days about the nature of compassion and how it is really not about being ‘nice’. It struck me just how much the two are conflated in popular culture. There are times when tough messages have to...
Thoughts on a virus

Thoughts on a virus

As coronavirus makes its way into London where I live, I am struck by a number of things about how we as a society are responding, both at the individual level and at the level of government. What strikes me most is what I feel to be both a lack of rigour and a lack...
Opinionated? Or, just strong opinions?

Opinionated? Or, just strong opinions?

Having strong opinions is not the same as being opinionated, though it may sometimes seem that way to the casual observer. What is more important is not how things look however, but what they actually are! The difference Being opinionated is about dogmatically and...
Indecisive or just confused?

Indecisive or just confused?

What can sometimes seem like indecisiveness might actually be confusion in disguise. It is crucial to distinguish between the two and to really ask yourself: Am I indecisive or just confused? The difference Indecisiveness is about difficulty in “deciding”...
Acceptance is not about inaction

Acceptance is not about inaction

Acceptance is one of those things that is often grossly misunderstood in popular culture. Many confuse acceptance with inaction or defeatism, with rolling over and playing nice. The truth is that it is in fact the opposite. In the deepest and fullest sense of the...
On being happy

On being happy

How to be happy consists mostly of saying “no” to a great many things. Things that make unnecessary demands on your time and on your life. Why is this so important? The complexity of modern life, as measured by the sheer volume, scale and pace of activity...