How to be happier

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Hilma af Klint, Evolution, Group VI, no. 12  (1908)

Most of us think we want to be happy, or at least free from suffering. But do we really? As Eckhart Tolle writes in The Power of Now, there is a ‘peculiar pleasure’ derived from being unhappy. Negative emotion can feel good. For example, anger produces a surge of energy that gives us the courage to take action. And then there is the quiet, pleasurable sadness we feel at the end of a sad movie or when parting from someone – the sense of things passing, known in Japanese as mono no aware (the poignancy of impermanence). Continue reading How to be happier

Blogging lessons: 15 things I’ve learned so far

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This weekend one of my posts was featured on WordPress Discover. I submitted a piece on the kind recommendation of a fellow blogger, and was excited when I got the news that it had been selected.

Since it went up, I’ve been touched by the people who’ve reached out and happy to find some inspiring new writers to follow. I’m also very grateful to the WordPress editors for the opportunity.

All in all, it has been a positive experience. However I can’t deny some feelings of  disappointment. Hence this post. Continue reading Blogging lessons: 15 things I’ve learned so far

Why blog?

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‘All art is quite useless. So is a flower.’  Marlene Dumas, Oscar Wilde, oil on canvas (2016).

I started this blog earlier this year after a friend encouraged me try it for just three months. I wanted to record the ideas I’d been coming across  in podcasts and books that have had an impact on my life. I’d scribbled notes in journals but I wanted to bring them together in a more coherent way. I also wanted to share the links I’ve found useful. And connect with people interested in similar things. It wasn’t so much about writing – I think I’m better at story-telling than essays – as about sharing. Except I wasn’t sharing the posts. I hadn’t found the courage. Continue reading Why blog?