The spiritual commodification of body
How can we fight back against an objectification of our body in society by accepting that nothing is truly as it seems?
How to suffer
n a capitalist world that rewards the mechanical status quo, it is hard work to suffer from disabilities or mental health gracefully. But since we can’t help doing it anyway, what is the best way to suffer nowadays?
Why mindful breathing won’t work for you
Breathing meditation is be trendy right now, but might not work for everyone. If you struggle with it, read more for alternative meditations!
Happiness is dangerous (or £100 flower pots)
We know that desire is insidious, and that inner happiness doesn’t come from things. But does desire ever make us happy, or just not unhappy?
Suffering is ignorance, and ignorance is suffering
Today was the first day of a one week retreat on the precious human life with my favourite lama, and we discussed the origin of suffering (spoiler, its ignorance).
We all get stuck sometimes, in relationships, routines or mindsets. I’ve come from a bad place to changing my life, but how can I help others do it? Can we induce epiphanies?
The time I did magic
Last year I was obsessed with spirituality. But it was with the Quakers that something unexplainable and truly magical happened.
The material search for intimacy
How do you create intimacy: does it come naturally to you, do you have to make time for it or do you fear it? And can you find it within yourself?
Disappointing my younger self or growing into future me?
I don’t miss much from the country I grew up in. I’m only missing the space between the notable events and people.
Where Academia and Spirituality collide
It’s been 3 weeks since I started my course in Human Rights, and this article surprisingly reminded me of the Buddhist scripture.
What if we DID choose our parents?
I was thinking about the cycle of suffering we go through, blaming our behaviour on our childhood. Can a little thought experiment free us from resentment?
My new tattoo and the eightfold path
Two years ago in a Nepalese lake town, I got a lotus flower tattooed on my left wrist. Finally, I got my other wrist tattooed with the dharma wheel.
Do you know grace or does it know you?
For many grace has religious connotations, a dusted word used at church and nowhere else.
“Anything exposed to light becomes light.”
The journey to self-discovery isn’t linear; it’s a constant back-and-forth. Awakening, whatever that means, is not a one-time event.
What on earth is my life?!
At 27 years old, I should really know what my career is like. Now, I am just about to change it AGAIN.
The self as what we cannot bear to contain
Who am I? Am I accomplishing all that I am meant to be? Questions like these are what keep many awake at night.
Failure leads to deeper lessons for me
Why do we forget lessons we have learned already? Why am I intend on making the same mistakes again? A reflection on the knowing that comes with failure.
Hope is a form of planning
I admire active hope, that first glimmer of knowing that there must be more out there. That if we can dream it, it must be possible to achieve.
How to let go or the lost conduit to source
We have all suffered heartbreak, and we all carry around scars. How come it takes so long to heal, and what does it say about our spiritual wellness?
We do not question electricity
While I understand the technicality of the Internet, I do not understand it practically.And yet, here I am using it every day all day.
Uncertain futures and rising plans
If your plans have fallen through because of the pandemic, welcome to the club! Not the only one by far, I feel hesitant and lost.
What if God is a placebo effect?
The placebo effect largely depends on the level of trust the patient has in the treatment, just like God’s love can be felt by the people who believe in it.
No outside validation – gratitude for all things
What we are looking for is where we are looking from.If we wait for the outside world to praise us, we will forever remain a follower.
If selflessness is selfish, is it still worth doing?
If people get personal satisfaction out of selfless acts, they can’t be selfless anymore. Somehow, pretending seems dirtier than not being altruistic.
Faith and fear are mutually exclusive
Fear is a human reaction to being isolated from others and having lost faith. How can we reconnect to a higher power than ourselves?
A love letter to London during the lockdown
I was using public transport for the first time in weeks, and although deserted, I still encountered people in the same train carriage as me. My beloved London was quiet now, and the absence of people struck all the more with a deep blue sky above me. I was on my way to volunteer in…
We are what we think of others
Our brain is it’s own echo chamber: we spend all day talking to ourselves about ourselves.
Everyone has Faith – prove me wrong
We’re so used to doubting anything unscientific, we have forgotten to doubt our doubt.
Enough is Enough – London marches for solidarity, climate justice and the right to peaceful protest with Extinction Rebellion
This Saturday, climate protesters gathered on the streets of London to launch Extinction Rebellion’s 2020 climate strategy. Along with various other activist and faith groups, grandparents joined students, doctors and farmers for the right to peaceful protest.