Posts by Jessica

Zen in a lotus flower

rss | t | f | g+ 1. A beautiful lotus flower blooms from a muddy pond.  2. A gardener who wants to grow flowers must also tend to weeds.   These are lessons we can learn about cycles of suffering and happiness in our lives. 1. We usually think of mud and weeds as something to be discarded, dirty, a [...]

Zen in a toothache

rss | t | f | g+   What good can come from a mere toothache? As I have recently experienced, there are a few life lessons to be learned from a small (yet extremely painful) toothache.   A few summers back, when I stayed in Plum Village, the monastary of the famous monk Thich Nhat Hanh, there was one day [...]

Balancing Work Life With A Minimalist Life

rss | t | f | g+   One of the biggest life questions that I’ve been battling with lately is how to balance work life – and everything that it comes with – with a minimalist lifestyle. Can you have it all? Since I was a kid, I have been extremely ambitious. I daydreamed about having a successful career. I [...]

What I learned from 365 days of doing the 7 minute workout

rss | t | f | g+ On October 2nd 2013, I downloaded an app on my iPhone called ‘Seven‘. It was a free app that guides you to doing a workout that lasts approximately seven minutes, which includes exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and lunges, amongst others, without the use of any equipment, except a wall and a chair. [...]

Let go of your most toxic habit

rss | t | f | g+ Whether it’s money, possessions, body type, career, status, fame or fortune, most of us find ourselves doing it almost everyday – comparing ourselves to others. We see someone else with more or better X, or Y than us, and we feel less of a person because compared to them, we don’t stack up. It’s [...]

Digital House Burning – A Lesson in Letting Go

rss | t | f | g+ Have you ever lost a hard drive? It’s the digital equivalent of your house burning down. Suddenly, you lose your past work, files, documents, and most painfully, your photos. Gone. Forever. This happened to me one year ago today. Granted, I still had some of the most important things saved elsewhere, but for the most [...]

Making Miracles

rss | t | f | g+ When life gives you lemons, make grape juice, and let the world marvel at how you did it. What a great twist to an old saying. Sometimes, you don’t get everything that you want, or even everything that you need. If only you had a bit more time, more money, more resources. Life can be [...]

My Tokyo Minimalist Bedroom and Workspace

rss | t | f | g+ The last time I wrote about my minimalist bedroom, I was living in Kobe with a host family. My room was simple – just a futon, a chair and a desk. There was also a piano in the room that belonged to my host sisters, which I would use from time to time. It turned out [...]