I recently wrote about living in a culture encouraging constant discontent. Ensuing conversations with readers were filled with great ideas on how to weed out discontent from our lives. Many were aiming to become content individuals who worked hard to constantly better themselves, their condition, and the well-being of those around them. Most agreed that… Read More What One Can Do To Go from Constant Discontent to Contentment
After a long winter, springtime is finally here! What with the lengthening days and Naw-Rúz, it’s a perfect time to revisit one’s New Year’s resolutions. I don’t know about you guys, but I often need a lot of external help in keeping some of my tougher resolutions and persevering through slumps; one of the tools… Read More Spring Forth with New Year’s Resolutions, Part I: Mantras, Ahoy!
Two weeks into 2015 already! New Year resolutions are still a hot topic, and although many readers loved my posts about journaling, some mentioned they were looking for other tools available to them in their quest for self-improvement. I immediately thought of mantras (something I have already blogged about). Not to sound too dramatic here,… Read More Hello, 2015! Mantra-fying your New Year’s Resolutions
The culture of backbiting and gossip is clearly an unhealthy one, and while it is (relatively) easy to stop talking about people, it often does not mean that we are not thinking about other people in a negative light. I have seen, in the last couple of months, how poisonous these thoughts has been to… Read More Refusing to Undermine One’s Integrity: The Role of Dwelling and Self-Doubt
I had a conversation today similar to ones I have often been having in the last couple of months. Friend: “Wow, Sahar, you look so relaxed!” Me: “Wait, what?” Friend: “You are always in such a good mood!” Me: “Excuse me, what?” Friend: “How do you stay so calm?” Me: “Are you talking to me?”… Read More The Secret Ingredient to Faking it until You Make it: Mantras