Suffering is Necessary Until We Realise it is Unnecessary

“Suffering is necessary until you realise it is unnecessary.”-Eckhart Tolle Suffering is a universal condition of human existence. The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer believed that while all life forms suffer, humans suffer more because we are self-aware and are endowed with the ability to contemplate the past and anticipate the future. This subjects us to…

Everything is a Path to Spiritual Freedom

“Surrender is the path to freedom through our unique authenticity, where we experience the flow of life not through the narrow lens of the mind, but through the vast refuge of the heart.”-Bryant H. McGill Everything in life can be seen as a path to more freedom or more bondage, depending on the perspective we choose to…

Tumultuous Transitions (An Enduring Spirit in Times of Change)

“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer Change is permanent in a world of impermanence. Transitions can be painful and filled with turmoil. In these tumultuous times, the old and the new rise in mutiny…

A New Earth in Medicine (Healing as Becoming Whole)

“Changing is not just changing the things outside of us. First of all, we need the right view that transcends all notions of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing.” – Thich Nhat Hanh This piece was inspired by the following books: – A New…

Co-Creating with Humility

“O chestnut tree, great rooted blossomer,Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole?O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,How can we know the dancer from the dance?”– William Butler Yeats When I admire a beautiful work of art or music, such as Monet’s Water Lilies and Chopin’s Nocturnes, I cannot help but wonder…

The Road Less Travelled By (The Inner Journey)

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.”– Robert Frost To me, the road less travelled by is the road to the inner world and the inner life. This is a quiet road that is often filled with loneliness and isolation from the…

10,000 Joys and 10,000 Sorrows (A Life of Gratitude)

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens A Life of Gratitude It is a true privilege to be a human being, even though it entails 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Though we have troubles, our blessings are far…

The Conspiracy of Silence (World Mental Health Day)

“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel This piece is written for World Mental Health Day (10 October 2019) There is a longstanding conspiracy of silence within the medical profession – doctors are not allowed to…

The Audacity of Faith

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1 NIV In the darkest and most trying moments of our lives, we often look to our faith to guide us through the adversities. Faith is a concept that transcends religion and culture – it is a…

The Art of Happiness

“There are two kinds of happiness – the temporary pleasure derived primarily from material comfort alone and another more enduring comfort that results from the thorough transformation and development of the mind.” -Dalai Lama Happiness is something we all seek yet few can truly claim to have found. I have delved deeply into the self-help…