Who am I?

As one of Murakami’s characters in Men without Women says after pondering about his successful career and his love affairs with women, if all that is taken away from him, he asks himself, “Who am I?” And this, as the school year comes to an end today with a mixture of both happiness and sadness, […]

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When there’s no escape

Struggle keeps us alert and on our toes, but when life becomes too unbearable and we find there’s no escape because the trauma it will cause will break too many people’s hearts, you have to find meaning even when you feel there’s isn’t any left. Sometimes the feeling comes in waves, some small, undetectable, and […]

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Los besos no son contratos

“Después de un tiempo, uno aprende la sutil diferencia entre sostener una mano y encadenar un alma. Y uno aprende que el amor no significa acostarse, y que una compañía no significa seguridad, y uno empieza a aprender… Que los besos no son contratos y los regalos no son promesas, y uno empieza a aceptar […]

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Waiting

We die while waiting to get that promotion, that perfect life, that wonderful home, that perfect relationship, that unexpected e-mail, that moment that will change our lives around and make us profoundly happy forever after. However, more often than not, those things never materialize while we end up wasting away our lives in the wait. Some […]

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Wabi-sabi: flawed beauty

Wabi-sabi (侘寂) in Japanese, is the view of the world centered on the acceptance that everything is fleeting and imperfect. “Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.” adds Richard Powell. Art books define it as “flawed beauty.” I came upon this word recently and since then […]

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Why and how we should forgive

Most of us have trouble letting go of the grudges we hold when we’re wronged in life. The fact is, we all get hurt from time to time, even by people we love. For everyone, in order to move and live a happy, healthy life, forgiveness is crucial. Here’s why and how we should forgive.

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Happiness

Modern mental health science has focused all its energy and attention on the whys, hows, and cures for depression. However, far less time has been spent studying happiness. It’s as if happiness were taken for granted as our “normal” state, and depression is not a natural state as well. And while it’s true that negative […]

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Understanding fear

Fear is often considered a negative reaction, but in fact, fear works for us. In the face of danger, real danger, fear which is embedded in the brain’s amygdala, gets us to react in an instant to a dangerous situation. It’s an automatic response to our survival. The amygdala monitors the sensory information in search […]

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