Why do we need to be mindful?

  It’s a lovely word, “mindful.” And it’s used a lot these days. From the Buddhist point of view, there are states of mind that are neurotic and unhappy (attachment, anger), some that are positive and productive (love, generosity), and then there’s a third lot,...

Without enthusiasm we can’t succeed at anything!

Changing our minds, becoming better human beings, helping others – it all takes effort, there’s no doubt about that. Which means in order to move forward, to be successful, to struggle through difficult times, we need to be sustained by enthusiasm. Otherwise we’ll...

Become our own therapist

The Buddhist model of the mind is deceptively simple, yet it’s a profound method for helping us delve deep into our thoughts and feelings in order to understand and, crucially, change them. “We can mould our mind into any shape we like,” as one contemporary Tibetan...

Never give up! With joyful effort we can achieve any goal

In the Buddhist teachings they talk about developing “enthusiastic perseverance” or “joyful effort”. It’s said that without it we simply won’t succeed in our spiritual path. Well, we won’t succeed at anything without it! It’s obvious: anything we want to achieve,...