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Being Yourself: What Does it Really Mean?

Being Yourself: What Does it Really Mean?

The phrase ‘be yourself’ is repeated so often that it has become a cliche. Whenever we’re stressing out about a job interview or making a good first impression, well-meaning friends and family members will tell us to ‘just be ourselves’. I can’t be the only one who has always found this advice frustrating. I suspect … Read More

How to Spend Less Time Online

How to Spend Less Time Online

Almost two years ago now, I spent two weeks off-grid on a vegan permaculture farm. One of my initial concerns was the lack of internet connection on the site. I was used to using the internet all day, every day – how would I cope? Excellently, as it turned out. I was surprised to find … Read More

How to be Happy: What’s the Secret?

How to be Happy: What’s the Secret?

Ultimately, happiness is what most of us are searching for in life. We make decisions based on what we think will make us happiest in the long term. But all too often, things don’t work out the way we planned. We get that job we wanted, only to find we’re stressed all the time. Or … Read More

What Humans Can Learn from Other Animals

What Humans Can Learn from Other Animals

We humans like to flaunt our superiority over other animals. But not only do I think this superiority is a myth, I also think there’s a lot we could learn from our fellow earthlings. Dolphins are a great example. As I mentioned in the post linked above, they have even more developed brains than we … Read More

Why Good Physical Health Is Not Enough

Why Good Physical Health Is Not Enough

After leaving uni, I took a year out to work on personal projects. I was sick of feeling perpetually stressed and having no time for my hobbies. For once, I was going to use my time exactly as I wanted to. My health is very important to me, so I was determined to look after … Read More

How To Beat Stress With Spirituality

How To Beat Stress With Spirituality

Are you often overwhelmed by negative emotions like stress, anger and sadness? I know I am! When we’re caught up in negative emotions, it can be difficult to think clearly. We may end up getting caught in a spiral of negativity which is hard to break out of. So how can we escape from this … Read More

How Can We Calm Our Restless Minds?

How Can We Calm Our Restless Minds?

Recently, I read The Restful Mind by the Buddhist monk Gyalwa Dokhampa. As soon I read the title, I knew I’d identify with this book; I took up meditation quite recently and have been trying to calm the restlessness of my own mind. Symptoms of the restless mind These days, many of us feel that … Read More