THERE ARE SOME PRETTY SURPRISING THINGS THAT CAUSE OUR SUDDEN BAD MOOD, AND SOMETIMES WE DON’T EVEN REALIZE IT’S HAPPENING. Sure, we go though ups and downs, good moods turn into bad ones and come back around on a daily basis. We ride the wave of emotions like an expert surfer, transitioning with ease through the highs and lows, and gently coasting along our journey. But have you ever thought about what might be triggering those low moments? Maybe your stuck behind the person with a million...

by School Of Life on 26 November 2016

You just woke up and are ready to get out of your bed and start your day. But wait! Let’s bring some mindfulness into life from the moment we get lucid. I recently saw a list floating around of five things you should do before getting out of bed, and a chain of events led me to putting them into words to share with others. These five things can be looked at as life hacks because they’re so simple and easy to add to our daily routine yet so effective that it begs the question why we weren’t...

by School Of Life on 20 November 2016

“I regret tomorrow more than yesterday” – from “Long Way Home” by ATB The above is one of my favorite song lines. Do you ever regret the future before it has even happened? When you regret, fear, or worry about the future, you project your consciousness beyond the present moment. Essentially you become unconscious because you lose awareness of the present moment, and consequently, you lose awareness of the real you, which exists only in the present. The future is something of an illusion...

by School Of Life on 24 September 2016

Life isn’t a competition. It’s a journey. If you spend that journey always trying to impress others, to outdo others, you’re wasting your journey. Instead, learn to enjoy the journey. Make it a journey of happiness, of constant learning, of continual improvement, of love. Don’t worry about having a nicer car or house or anything material, or even a better-paying job. None of that matters a whit, and none of it will make you happier. You’ll acquire these things and then only want more....

by School Of Life on 17 September 2016

Don’t waste a moment of your precious life worrying about what other people think of you. No good can come of people’s approval of you. The truth is that you’ll waste far more energy imagining what people think of you than those people will ever invest in it themselves. Most people are far too preoccupied with their own lives to devote considerable attention to what you’re doing. While you’re worrying about what they think of you, they’re worrying about what you think of them. Just...

by School Of Life on 17 September 2016

‘Act without expectations.’ ~Lao Tzu How much of your stress, frustration, disappointment, anger, irritation, foul mood stems from one little thing? Almost all of it comes from your expectations, and, when things (inevitably) don’t turn out as we expect, from wishing things were different. We build these expectations in our heads of what other people should do, what our lives should be like or look like, how other drivers should behave . . . and yet it’s all fantasy. It’s not real. And...

by School Of Life on 15 September 2016

We’ve all been hurt by another person at some time or another — we were treated badly, trust was broken, hearts were hurt. And while this pain is normal, sometimes that pain lingers for too long. We relive the pain over and over, and have a hard time letting go. This causes problems. It not only causes us to be unhappy, but can strain or ruin relationships, distract us from work and family and other important things, make us reluctant to open up to new things and people. We get trapped in...

by School Of Life on 30 August 2016

For tens of thousands of years, human beings didn’t have clock. They lived, amazingly, by the sun and the moon and seasons and the needs and rhythms of their bodies. The clock is a very very recent invention, and even more recent is our modern society’s slavish adherence to the dictatorship of the clock. Only very recently have we been forced to work from 8 to 5, and to go to school and follow a very rigid class schedule. Only very recently have we become obsessed with tracking and making use...

by School Of Life on 12 August 2016

Contentment isn’t a matter with being content with your situation in life and never trying to improve it. It’s a matter of being content with what you have — but realizing that as humans, we will always try to improve, no matter how happy we are. If we don’t, we have given up on life. Today I’d like to discuss contentment, and the amazing things it can do in all aspects of our lives. And then we’ll look at a few tips for getting to contentment. “Happiness is self-contentedness.”...

by School Of Life on 5 August 2016

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” – Qui-Gon to Anakin, Star Wars Episode I The quote above, as cheesy as George Lucas’ writing often is, contains a nugget of Jedi wisdom that I’ve repeatedly found to be true. Your focus determines your reality. It’s something we don’t think about much of the time, but give it some consideration now: • If you wake up in the morning and think about the miserable things you need to do later in the day, you’ll have a miserable...

by School Of Life on 5 August 2016