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Compassion more powerful than pity
As we evolve spiritually, we cannot help but feel moved by the suffering we see in the world. The impulse to help alleviate it is a natural reflection of our inherent humanity. Our spiritual practice often gives rise to a greater sense of how connected we are, and as such, that our compassionate actions can serve the world. We must remember, however, that compassion is a sophisticated state of being. It has what the Buddhists term a “near enemy” in pity, which is very different from compassion. Along the roadRead More
Positive Possibilities Creativity
Before I committed to a full-time musical career, I had trained as an architect. I graduated from the highly competitive co-op program at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, and had begun a promising career before I realized that my heart and soul urged me to go in a different direction. Today, though my work is in a recording studio rather than on drafting boards, I am deeply grateful for all I learned as an architect. It informs what I do as an artist—both practically, in terms of theRead More
Positive Possibilities-stress relief-connect with Joy
Every day, as soon as I wake up, I wash up and head downstairs to my cushion to start my day from a centered place. When I arrived at my meditation seat the other day, all I could feel was my pounding head. I had not had enough sleep, and woke up with a headache. For most of us, our knee-jerk reaction to pain is to either try to push it away with denial, medication or temporary pleasures, or run towards it by projecting judgment or anger at it, asRead More