26 November 2011

Are You a Happy Introvert?

Being understood, understanding others, and understanding ourselves, can often lead to happiness.  This especially applies to people who have a different way of thinking than the majority of those around them.  Being an introvert frequently means being in a minority amongst extroverts, even though being introverted is often a very good sign of being intelligent, considerate and normal.

24 November 2011

Via Blue Skies

I much prefer a blue sky to a grey one, though a pink tinge in an early morning or evening is also very pleasant, as is a brilliant orange glow at sunset.  Blue skies often lift my mood, regardless of what else may be happening.  Perhaps it is because I spent so many of my earlier years under the grey skies of Britain.

01 September 2011

Away from the Chatter

The essence of truth, and of peace, can often be found in silence, stillness, and aloneness.  This often means having some time away from the Internet, from crowds, from traffic and the media.

18 August 2011

Time for More Reflections

I love making the time to sit quietly and make plans.  Making plans - especially when sitting quietly - is not a lazy thing to do.  It is essential.  It involves reflecting on past challenges and achievements as well as looking towards some sort of future improvement.

08 August 2011

A Debt-Free Life

How easy is it for an "average" person, in any society, to have a debt-free life?

19 April 2011

Perfecting the Past

Thinking about the past often enriches my experience of the present, though I do not think of myself as an especially sentimental or nostalgic sort of person.

25 March 2011

Altruistic Truisms

One of the most important aspects of life is to know when the needs of another are greater than our own.  How do you know when you have enough of something and whether you have a surplus?

10 March 2011

How to Stop Excessive Neighbourhood Noise

If noise disturbs your sleep, prevents you from relaxing, breaks your concentration while studying, ruins the ambience of a lovely meal, interrupts your enjoyment of a beautiful piece of music, diminishes your performance during a test, or destroys your pleasure when experiencing an otherwise pleasant place, you are not alone in feeling as you do.

08 March 2011

A Relaxing Evening

The ability to relax is an important aspect of health.  This includes the ability to sleep, and the ability to avoid unnecessary stresses on the body and mind.

20 February 2011

A Gentle Celebration of Health

There are many reasons to appreciate health when we have it.  There are also many reasons why we should protect and/or improve our health, and try to gain a better understanding of it.

17 February 2011

Mealtime Meditations

Have you ever thought of mealtimes as a good time for meditation?  Perhaps sitting at a table in a busy, noisy, crowded canteen or queuing at a fast food counter in a brief lunch break does not sound all that relaxing.  Chopping half a dozen onions to make a large pot of soup may not be the most meditative of times in your view, either.

07 February 2011

Simple Sanitation

For those of us who know something about the importance of sanitation, it can often come as a surprise that many people in the world, in the present as well as the past, have had very little awareness of its impact on human health.

27 January 2011

Calming the Traffic, the Body and the Mind

A usual official response to complaints about noise is to commission a report on the topic.  I have seen numerous reports on noise issues, many dating back to the 1960s and 1970s, and many more that are more recent.  Yet the problem is rarely resolved, except when it concerns occupational health and safety.

20 January 2011

An Inconspicuous Status

One of the main signs of insecurity - and insensitivity - is an overt preoccupation with social status.  On the other hand, to be totally without any care about how we are perceived by others might sometimes be associated with mental illness.  Finding a balance between the two is, however, quite easy.

15 January 2011

Lovely Things to Say

I enjoy receiving comments about my blogs, especially reflective ones.  I mostly only publish the reflective comments rather than those that commonly just say things like "great post", "interesting" or "thank you".  Even so, it is always nice to know people are reading my words from time to time.

05 January 2011

Hormones, Vitamins and Peace

Science is still revealing a great deal about many aspects of the human body and human mind, and many of those findings frequently contradict previous findings.  Can we find peace with our decision making tasks as far as our health is concerned?

03 January 2011

Noise and the City

A romantic mood can be difficult in a noisy environment.  The art of seduction probably will not thrive in the midst of lawnmower engines, burglar alarms, loud exhausts and inopportune telephone calls.  But perhaps this is a good thing.