All the power in thought

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. Rumi Have you ever stopped to think about the power you hold in your mind? Of course most of us know about the importance of positive thinking but have you ever really thought about how your thoughts weaken you…

Happiness and Your Brain

Podcast Episode 25. Listen Here. Philosophers have been trying to answer the “What is Happiness?” question for millennia. It’s not a simple question. Back in Episode 2 I looked at the experience of happiness and whether we experience it more through pleasure or more through meaning. In this episode, I look at the brain chemicals associated…

Day 32: Pressure to be Happy

Photo by Sasha • Stories on Unsplash Happiness has this funny way of becoming a paradox if you push too hard to achieve it. What if happiness isn’t just positive emotions? What if happiness is actually the ability to experience anything positive in the face of negative emotions – to sit comfortably with them, to…

66 Days of Meditation – Day 10

If you’re a zen and blissed out meditation enthusiast, my revelations today won’t surprise you. If you’re deciding whether or not to make meditation a part of your life, my experience so far may help you make the decision. These are my observations so far. What’s changed? I’m more patient. This is particularly true in…

How many ways are you being pulled?

Yesterday I was thinking about what “big happy life” is really about. Simply put, the bigness of my life got in the way of the happiness of my life and this is my way of making a conscious effort to change that and track my progress. As I was thinking about it, I remembered an…

Happiness, the universe and a slippery fish

Happiness is a slippery fish. This problem would almost be easier to solve if I meant that literally. At least we understand the properties of a slippery fish. We know what to expect so we can work out how to handle it. Happiness on the other hand, is, well, far slipperier. I’ve spent this week…