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Eastern Philosophy

Four Great Ideas from Hinduism

Even if we are not religious and have no interest at all in becoming a Hindu, Hinduism offers us at least four fascinating ideas…  1. LOOK FORWARD TO DEATH Hinduism is…

Travel

The Wisdom of Islamic Gardens

The idea of a garden has always been central to Islam for reasons that are at once hopeful — because nature is so beautiful — and deeply melancholy — because life…

Psychotherapy

Freud's Porcupine

We know so well what love should be like; we imagine our desired partners long before we meet them in real life. They will be kind, beautiful, gentle, thoughtful, inspiring and…

Art/Architecture

Rembrandt as a Guide to Kindness

Born in 1606, Rembrandt became a hugely successful painter when he was still only in his twenties. He earned a fortune and lived a wildly extravagant life. Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait…

Trauma & Childhood

How Mental Illness Impacts Our Bodies

The Body Keeps the Score is the beautiful and suggestive title of a book published in 2014 by a Dutch professor of psychiatry at Boston University called Bessel van der Kolk.…

Eastern Philosophy

Zen Buddhism and Fireflies

One of nature’s odder creatures is the firefly, a soft bodied beetle that emits a warm yellow glow from its lower abdomen, typically at twilight, in order to attract mates or…