An painting of a young man of color, with a Star of Devid necklace, riding the subway with his eyes closed.

Reading Time: 3 minutes “A nation built on greed is not a nation, it is merely a legal framework for rape and pillage, slavery and exploitation, theft, murder, genocide.” (Rivera Sun) Organized protests serve to cast a light on injustice. As injustices mount so do the protests. The current protests were initially organized as non-violent demonstrations. When violence purposefully […]

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A bright drawing of a man with portraits of various people in the background.

Reading Time: 5 minutes “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” (Dalai Lama) Nowadays we live in a very individualistic world, a society driven by ego, prestige and status. It’s all about “what’s in it for me” and how to get the best for “me, myself and I,” whether it’s in a materialistic, educational […]

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A colorful but not bright drawing of a multilayered heart.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Do you have a strong drive to make others—family, co-workers, friends—feel better (helper syndrome)? Are you so used to taking care of others—putting their needs first, making them comfortable, ignoring yourself in the process—that you don’t even notice when someone offers to support you? Do compliments pass you by—you hear the words but just don’t […]

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An abstract painting with a shadow figure amidst colorful dimensions.

Reading Time: 6 minutes “In every life we have some trouble. When you worry, you make it double. Don’t worry, be happy.” If life were as simple as Bobby McFerrin sang in his popular hit, there wouldn’t be so many depressions, anxiety disorders or addictions worldwide anymore. We could throw all antidepressants and tranquilizers in the garbage bin, we […]

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Reading Time: < 1 minute   The truth is most people’s lives are based on the beliefs of a malnourished community.  It starts out with the beliefs of our parents and families, then our friends and then our co-workers.  We’re working with programming that doesn’t nourish us. How do I know this? Just look at the stats. We are the […]

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Three kids and a dog playing on a beach.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Everyday I walk past a local schoolyard and hear the children laughing and calling to one another in their outside voices. It always makes me smile and I’m reminded of the Buddhist term mudita, which means sympathetic joy. Hearing a child’s laughter reminds me of this state of mind. It always melts my heart and […]

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