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The happiest state of mind

The Dalai Lama and Matthieu Ricard, the “World’s Happiest Man” In my mindfulness practice, there are two foundational qualities of mind that I am cultivating. One is greater awareness: awareness of my thoughts, feelings, emotions, physical sensations...

Not being fine

There’s a scene in the film It’s A Wonderful Life in which the protagonist, George Bailey, is about to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. If you haven’t seen it, the sequence starts with his buffoonish colleague at the bank they both work at losing the savings of...

The Second Arrow

Before I started practising mindfulness, I thought that I reacted to situations almost exclusively through my thoughts. If I liked someone, I experienced positive thoughts about them. If I was worried about something, I had anxious thoughts. if I was angry with...

My truth

There have been many times in my life when I knew that what I was doing didn’t feel right. Whether it was doing mindlessly monotonous exercises at school, being encouraged to down pints at university as a form of male bonding, spending time with people I didn’t feel I...

The Fruits of Honesty

(Insensitive Radical Honesty) Since posting my Radical Honesty blog and stating that I was going to try to tell the truth when I think it might be difficult for the other person to hear, more often, I have. There have been multiple times when I’ve taken a conscious...