Category learning from life

Growing out of Ego

I like that saying by Adyashanti: “How do you end your Ego? You just grow out of it”. And this is very true –  you beat it up, you inquire it to death, you “toss and turn” that dramatic and all-important “me” this way and that way, your pour through the endless stories of “me” […]

“Th” inquiry or the burden of national identity

If you are a non-native speaker of English you probably had problems with that pesky “th” sound, which is produced by sticking out your tongue in totally strange and awkward way. Despite spending many years in the English-speaking environment, I could never master it, and still often say “ze” instead of “the” which immediately reveals […]

Revelation of solitude

Most spiritual teachers of the past and present gone through a period of solitude and isolation from the society. And at some stage, many of us will feel the urge to go somewhere quiet and be alone for some time. I remember the feeling that came about 6 years ago after living in a busy […]

The full spectrum of you

Thinking positive thoughts, feeling positive emotions – is the holy grail in the modern world so filled with fear and negativity. How do I always have a positive self-image? How do I avoid negative thoughts leading to negative emotions? So many books written, so many words said on the subject, and yet, we still love […]

The refuge of Now

An uncertain world and uncertain times. But when was it different? We can drive ourselves nuts with thoughts about the future – “what will become of me?”, “what if things never change?”, “what if I never find my place?”, “what if I will be forever alone?”. And the emotional pain that follows that kind of […]

True confidence

Talking to a friend recently I mentioned that I was extremely shy and had very low confidence in my younger years. She looked surprised and said with a look of disbelief “you are one of the most confident people I ever met”. In my childhood, I faced a lot of criticism and non-acceptance, which was […]

Celebrating impermanence: Chiang Mai flowers

Every February Chiang Mai, Thailand, hosts a lively and colorful Flower Festival. Thai people prepare many amazing floats for the parade, intricately decorated with myriads of live flowers. I remember how seeing this fragrant opulence for the first time was a bit of shock for me. I couldn’t believe that people would put so much […]