Posts by Jessica

Why Showing Up Is Not Enough

by Jessica Dang rss | t | f | g+ I often read advice about how to be successful. Up until now, I must have accumulated hundreds of books, biographies, articles, and essays about success – what it means, and how to ‘achieve’ it, all the while hoping to find a common theme that would tell me the universal truth about the […]

Live life like water

by Jessica Dang rss | t | f | g+ Take a good look at yourself. What do you see? Would you think that you are a wonder of the universe? If you’re living and breathing, you already are a miracle. Why would you seek to be anything else? Look up at the sky. Watch how the clouds float contently by. A […]

On the Shortness of Life – Part V – Death

by Jessica Dang rss | t | f | g+ This is the final part of a five part series on Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life. Read Part I – Finiteness, Part II – Protecting time and living in the present, Part III – Desire and life goals, Part IV – Learning. A typical person living in the Western world is expected to live until […]

On the Shortness of Life – Part IV – Learning

by Jessica Dang rss | t | f | g+ This is the fourth part of a five part series on Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life. Read Part I – Finiteness, Part II – Protecting time and living in the present, Part III – Desire and life goals. Of all the things that we spend time on, learning is arguably one of the most important. It […]

Appreciating absence – A key to happiness

by Jessica Dang rss | t | f | g+ In our everyday lives, we tend to notice when something is off. Like when we’re feeling stressed because of work, or tired because there aren’t enough hours in the day, or that we don’t have enough money in our bank accounts to do all the things we want to do. It’s easy to […]

On the Shortness of Life – Part III – Desire and life goals

by Jessica Dang rss | t | f | g+ This is the third part of a five part series on Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life. Read Part I – Finiteness, Part II – Protecting time and living in the present.   What do we want in life? How do we balance what we want to have and what we want to do in life? […]

On the Shortness of Life – Part I – Finiteness

by Jessica Dang rss | t | f | g+ On the Shortness of Life is a moral essay written by Seneca the Younger, a Roman philosopher who lived between 4BC – 65AD. In his letter to his friend Paulinus, he lays out Stoic principles that have lasted centuries in teaching us about the value of life itself.   Inspired by this essay, […]

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 […]