Absurdity and Revolt: Mindfulness and the Meaning of Life

Apparently there’s no torture more terrible to the gods’ imagination than pointless, endless, meaningless labour. For trying to cheat death, the mythical Greek figure Sisyphus was condemned by the gods to a cruel and unusual punishment: he had to push a boulder up a mountain, yet the moment the boulder reached the top it wouldContinue reading “Absurdity and Revolt: Mindfulness and the Meaning of Life”

Restoring Faith in Humanity: The Case For Optimism

There’s a certain creepy conversation that I keep falling into. It happens whenever the topic of human nature comes up, and it usually goes like this: Other Person: “I think it’s just human nature to be selfish, violent and cruel.” Me: “Why?” Other Person (stunned that I even asked): “What planet are you living on?Continue reading “Restoring Faith in Humanity: The Case For Optimism”

The Necessity of Reason: Combating the Lies Your Mind Tells You

Have you ever considered that one of your biggest problems might be your own brain? Not because there’s anything wrong with you, per se, but because there’s something off about the way we’re hardwired as a species. The problem is that the human brain didn’t evolve over millions of years to be happy, it evolvedContinue reading “The Necessity of Reason: Combating the Lies Your Mind Tells You”

How to Meditate: It’s Not What You Think

What do you imagine when you think of someone meditating? There was a time I would’ve imagined someone sitting crossed-legged in the lotus position, eyes closed, palms up and thumb and forefinger touching to form a symbolic circle. And if they were wearing a saffron robe and sitting atop a mountain or deep in aContinue reading “How to Meditate: It’s Not What You Think”

The Necessity of Mindfulness: Seeing Things as They Really Are

There came a point when my life collapsed. I won’t bore you with the details. But needless to say, I had some things on my mind one fine day when I was out for an evening run in the country. It was beautiful – green trees nestled amidst sun-drenched fields – but I saw noneContinue reading “The Necessity of Mindfulness: Seeing Things as They Really Are”