Difficult times are hard to avoid. Sometimes, life just wallops us against the head, deals us with such a blow that it takes our breath away. A loved one dies, you lose a job, someone you care about gets sick, your car gets totaled, or hopelessness hits you. What do we do when the world around us crumbles, when we can’t seem to find a way out? The times when things are falling apart are exactly the best times to practice mindfulness and compassion. These are the times we’re preparing for, in...

by School Of Life on 8 May 2016

Those experiencing depression often seem to have good reasons for feeling down, and from the outside looking in, those reasons may appear perfectly valid. If you’re dealing with financial scarcity, health problems, or other unwanted challenges, then any reasonable person might easily look at your situation and agree, “Yup, that’s depressing.” I’m not going to insult your intelligence by saying your problems aren’t that bad. On the contrary I imagine that your situation may be downright...

by School Of Life on 30 April 2016

If you accept a job, a relationship, or a lifestyle that you merely tolerate but don’t appreciate, you’re putting other concerns ahead of your own happiness. Social conditioning may have convinced you that sacrificing your happiness to maintain a certain amount in your bank account is the proper way to live.Perhaps your parents played a role in this conditioning as well, teaching you the importance of being responsible. If you do these things well, then according to this conditioning, you...

by School Of Life on 19 March 2016