Posts filed under “Happiness”

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, I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

One Important Question for Life

rss | t | g+ What happens if you follow your instincts? Despite my best intentions to take a year off to relax, I somehow landed myself a job… at the British Embassy in Tokyo. It seems I have found the reason why I was drawn back to Japan. My instincts were right – this is where I’m supposed […]

Wing it for all you’re worth

rss | t | g+ A lot of changes have happened in my life over the past few months. I completed my final exams, graduated, worked in central London… and moved to Japan. I’m here to start a new life. No, I don’t have a job waiting for me. No, I don’t have a clear-cut plan. No, I don’t […]