My roommate and I have been looking for a new tenant to live in our flat for the past few months. It’s a difficult process, to say the least. Next to no applicants have been reaching out to us given the untimely nature of our situation.
Despite only receiving a couple of applications within the first few months, we still had non-negotiables. We weren’t exactly looking for a new best friend, we just wanted a nice, well-rounded tenant that wouldn’t interfere with the harmony we’d created in our living space.
In our search for the perfect roommate, I noticed something…
This weekend was the first time in 8 months I had a lovely time with my friends. I went to places I haven’t been to for a long time. I’ve talked a lot, like throwing up all the things I kept to myself for months and months. And I enjoyed the noise in the street like it wasn’t me who was complaining about living in a crowded city before.
As you can see from the way I described my weekend, I reconnected with the present time more than ever. I felt like I had everything I needed at that moment…
Did you know that, as hunters, tigers only have a ten percent success rate?
I was surprised when I heard this fact in David Attenborough’s Life in Colours. It amazed me how small their success rate is given that they’re often crowned as the jungle’s best hunters. And yet, tigers still insist on their search for prey, remaining resilient until they’re successful.
Learning this fact forced me to question my own pursuits. If I only had a ten percent success rate throughout my entire life, how would I act? Would I still uphold a strong identity as tigers do, living…
Recently a new flatmate moved into my apartment. The first night we spent time together we had a conversation that I didn’t expect to have in such a short time.
We talked about spirituality and the law of attraction. You know, topics that aren’t liked by the “show me the proof first” mentality we embrace in Western societies.
The conversation was a surprise to me. If she didn’t start talking about it I wouldn’t. Not because I would pretend to be someone that I wasn’t. But because I haven’t met anyone who is spiritual in my circle yet. …
4 years ago I was addicted to my daily yoga practice.
I was addicted. Because I would feel guilty or conscious about not doing my routine if I fell out of my plans some days. It wasn’t the yoga that made me feel that way. It was the meaning I gave to my daily yoga practice.
I used to attach my happiness and the way I responded to events to whether I spent time on my wellbeing or not. I wasn’t able to integrate its ability to fix my mood into other small activities during the day. …
Two years ago I flew to Bali to follow a dream.
It was the first time I’ve been so far from home. But I’ve never felt like a stranger there. From the time we landed on the island, the simplicity of life fascinated me. The trip was completely an eye-opening experience.
I knew about happiness before and I felt it countless times. But the happiness I learned in Bali was a different kind. It wasn’t dependent on outer circumstances. It was a kind of happiness that comes from within.
Balinese people were a living example of how the Dalai Lama…
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from friends or family the following questions. And I’m sure you’ve had them too if you’ve been single for a while.
Why are you not in a relationship?
Oh, is it too hard to find someone?
You know, you should go out and date more.
But I also heard from others how they admire my strength and thriving while I’m single.
Because being single isn’t equal to being a failure in life. It’s not about being an object to be pitied.
It’s only a healthy phase that each of us goes…
When I was growing up, I always thought that being young is the same as being immature. The world I saw around me (excluding my family here) and on TV only seemed to value the old generation’s opinion.
This made me think that maturity goes together with wisdom. And wisdom belongs to a holy old man with a white beard that comes to bring a transformative message after experiencing all the challenges in the world.
But as I grew up and experienced the world from my own perspective, I came to the conclusion that maturity isn’t about age or education…
I keep seeing this advice everywhere: “Your anxiety is lying to you.”
Although it has a fair point, it’s not the only message that our anxiety carries.
“If you take that brave step, X might happen.” “If you let your partner travel alone, they might forget about you.” “If you publish that post, people will judge you.”
These things we hear loudly in our minds might be wrong and they are. But ignoring the signs it gives us is also to lie to ourselves.
Recently I’ve received some good news about something that I’ve been working on for a long time.
I was buzzed about the possibility of attracting something new into my life. But as I was being excited about it, my mind started to get loud.
I recognized the voice immediately because we had met before. It belonged to my fears. They were reminding me that it might not work out. Although it sounds like my fears tried to protect me so I don’t fall hard, it didn’t feel like a warm place to be. …