The Tibetan Book of the Dead is not about death (part 2) #happiness

I finally got the book, the first translated edition (UK readers, you can get one here). And it is amazing. Nothing like what I expected! It is not about death at all. It is about enlightenment, how to achieve it and how to live according to Buddhist principles. I read only a couple of pages and already had a few profound insights, like the quote below. It is not an easy read – lots of references and ‘Buddhist jargon’, but it is an enlightening one and many pages read like a song (well, they are designed like prayers). I now read a couple of pages of this book instead of meditating. Namaste, nomads, have a nice weekend!

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead is not about death (part 1) #happiness

I wanted to read this book forever but despite my interest in death and dying, I was a bit conscious of the subject. Then I watched this documentary (link to part 2 is on the right side of the video when you click through). They show a dead body and a full ritual that Tibetans go through before burial. Isn’t it fascinating how they do it? I’d love to have a ritual like this before or when I die… I got the book and it’s not about death, if anything, it’s more about living and how to live well. I will tell you more next week…

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Where should we begin? Esther Perel’s new podcast on couple therapy #happiness

I found this podcast to be eye opening in many ways and recommend it to anyone grappling with the ‘why’s’ of relationships. Esther provides new perspectives, shares her techniques and asks some tough questions. You can find it on iTunes (free) or Audible (paid or limited free if you enrol into their trial).

Step into iconic relationship therapist Esther Perel’s office and listen as 10 anonymous couples in search of insight bare the raw, intimate, and profound details of their story. From infidelity, to sexlessness, to loss, it’s a space for people to be heard and understood. It’s also a place for us to listen and feel empowered in our own relationships. So…where should we begin?

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Highly sensitive people at work – interview

I did an interview with my friend Anastasia who is a coach specialising in helping Highly Sensitive People (HSP) succeed at work. I hope some of the tips I am sharing may help provide a new perspective to introverted and/or highly sensitive people and so help them succeed. There were issues with the technology so I recommend you listen to the audio only unless you have steel nerves, unlike myself, and the lag between audio and video does not bother you 🙂

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What are the values that define your choices and guide your decision making? #happiness

Happiness comes from knowing oneself well or at least better. Introspection is hard, takes work and can one ever be really sure that they’ve got an objective view? This year I spent a lot of time thinking about and understanding my values, strengths, areas of development. The benefit of knowing your values is that they can guide your decision making. Values may change – you may have different values at different stages of life.

If you are figuring out your values or want to have a go at it, Escape the City Online career change course (free with code ESCAPE at the moment) has the following cool exercise:  Continue reading

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The meaning of Om Mani Padme Hung mantra by Dalai Lama

I was chanting this mantra with my little one helping him relax and go to sleep when I realised I have no idea what it means. I looked it up and was blown away. Whole doctrine of Buddhism neatly wrapped into one sentence – a jewel in a lotus. Dalai Lama explains this better than me…

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We all need some Positive News

I’ve been keeping an eye on these guys. I just love the idea of positive news – there is too much negativity around and good news do not get enough attention. I was too late for their crowdfunding campaign but now got subscribed to their magazine and got the back issues too. You can also get subscribed to their free newsletter if you’d rather not pay. For more info and to subscribe, go here.

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