Media

Violence in the Media We Consume: Is it worth the risk?

Rape scenes in the Game of Thrones series served as potent forms of fuel for an ongoing debate: does exposure to violence in the media we consume cause behavioral problems or not?  Does it do so for only an at-risk segment of the population?  Would limiting the creation of violent media solve the problem of… Read More Violence in the Media We Consume: Is it worth the risk?

Personal Development

Walking a Fine Line: Understanding Negative Social Forces

In his attempt to rid an individual of a physical ailment, a doctor will first take stock of his symptoms, i.e. his “physical reality”.  Much in the same way, those trying to rid their communities of its various ailments have to take stock of its “symptoms”, i.e. its social reality.  And just like the doctor… Read More Walking a Fine Line: Understanding Negative Social Forces

Family, Parenting

Learning To ‘Be’ From The Cradle Up: On The Desire To Constantly Entertain My Baby

One of the elements that I have come to understand as essential to one’s personal growth—mental, spiritual, and emotional—is the ability to sit quietly and just be.  Of course nowadays, there is always something (or rather, a bunch of things!) that is clamouring for our attention, and so we are often left without a second… Read More Learning To ‘Be’ From The Cradle Up: On The Desire To Constantly Entertain My Baby

Community Building, Writing

Building Coherence: Writing to Contribute to the Betterment of Society

When reading about the habits of highly successful people, a couple of things seem universal.  Most of them seem to have a rigorous routine.  Most of them delegate unimportant tasks.  When possible, a large part of them simplify their lives so that they are able to focus on the more important things. Highly Successful People… Read More Building Coherence: Writing to Contribute to the Betterment of Society

Personal Development

The Fear of Making Mistakes: No Such Thing as Failure

Mistakes earn a bad reputation pretty early on in our lives. When we make mistakes on a test at school, it gets marked in bold red, is sometimes mentioned by the teacher as a bad thing we should not have done, and something our parents tell us not to repeat next time. This relationship with… Read More The Fear of Making Mistakes: No Such Thing as Failure

General

Carbs, Garbs and Barbs: Cooking and Community Building

There is no such thing as a dichotomy. We are noble, spiritual beings, and everything in our lives is meant to help us reach our full capacity. This is why we should challenge ourselves to understand how the various pieces of our life fit together as part of one seamless whole, rather than separate parts… Read More Carbs, Garbs and Barbs: Cooking and Community Building

Family, Parenting

Honouring Our Parents By Parenting Our Children

It feels like whatever I do, I can never repay my parents for everything they have done for me.  And since I got married, I feel like whatever my husband and I do, we can never repay our parents for everything they have done for us as individuals and as a couple. And—not to sound… Read More Honouring Our Parents By Parenting Our Children

Community, Community Building, Community Development, Love, Virtues

What’s Love Got To Do With It? The Importance Of Love In Community-Building

Learning is essential for both personal development and the building of a community.  But it’s easier said than done.  When, for example, one has spent a lot of time and poured a lot of energy into one’s education, it can be quite a blow to hear that one might be wrong.  Similarly, when one identifies… Read More What’s Love Got To Do With It? The Importance Of Love In Community-Building

Family, Parenting

Excellence And Detachment In Parenting: Reaching That Tough Sweet Spot

There are many reasons why people have kids.  Some of these reasons are downright amazing, some of them are just absolutely terrible, and most of them lie somewhere in between these two extremes.  Some of my friends have done it because it’s just the next logical step in their lives.  Some of them did it… Read More Excellence And Detachment In Parenting: Reaching That Tough Sweet Spot

Personal Development

Dwelling: Reflecting Without Movement

Breaking news: everyone makes mistakes.  What a great thing, since mistakes are a great way to learn and to advance at all levels of our lives, be it materially, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually.  The tools we need to make the most of our mistakes include the art of reflection, i.e. to analyse deeply what we… Read More Dwelling: Reflecting Without Movement