27 January 2021

Keep calm and stay safe

Covid-19 cases have breached the 100-million mark worldwide and more than 2.1 million people have succumbed to the disease.  Daily, almost half a million people are newly infected globally.  Here in Malaysia, we are experiencing some of the highest numbers of new infections each day.  In this time of uncertainty, many of us may be worried or upset by various news, broadcasts or opinions we receive.

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24 November 2020

Watch our minds as each day unfolds

Each day, the rising number of Covid-19 cases and how it has impacted our lives and livelihood flood our newsfeed and daily conversations.  The situation certainly is dire; almost 60 million people worldwide have been infected and over 1.4 million have succumbed to the virus in less than a year.  The circumstances can have an overwhelming impact on our mental health if we are not mindful of our thoughts and react with negativity.

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13 November 2020

World Kindness Day

Today, 13 November is World Kindness Day, an occasion for us to celebrate one of the most significant and unifying human principles. This special celebration is devoted to the positive potential and ability of kindness to bring people together regardless of one's ethnicity, religion or culture.

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10 October 2020

‘Reach out’ on World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day this year comes at a time when every aspect of our daily lives is upheaved by the COVID-19 pandemic. We can help the situation in our personal capacities by reaching out to those around us with more empathy.  By developing our empathy in understanding the challenges others face, we are able to respond in a more compassionate, kind and patient manner.

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8 October 2020

Prevent storms from destroying our calmness of mind

With over a quarter of a million new cases being reported daily around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic is still a far cry from passing.  In Malaysia, new clusters in the North and opposite the Peninsular has seen a dramatic surge of new cases over the past week causing many people to worry and be anxious over how the days ahead may unfold.

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9 September 2020

Patience fosters peace of mind

In Dhammapada verse 184, the Buddha cited that the best moral practice is patience and forbearance.  Known as ‘khanti’ in Pāli, patient forbearance is motivated by wholesome desire for not only peace within, but also for the welfare of others.  One who cultivates patience lives with little hatred or remorse for others and lives harmoniously with the people around them.

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22 August 2020

Humility opens our minds

The cultivation of humility purifies the mind of pride and ego. Some may deem this as a weakness because we have been socially conditioned to compete for achievements and success. However, those who truly understand humility know it leads to a more fulfilling life blessed with serenity within and harmony with others.
In Pāli, ‘nivato’ translates literally to ‘without air’. It implies the qualities of being grounded, modest, and not inflating the ‘self’.  Humble people are gentle and well-loved because they are genuinely respectful of all beings. By being open to advice and criticism, we are able to let go of our arrogance and we can face our limitations and pursue better ways to improve ourselves.

 

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15 August 2020

Tearing down our boundaries

‘Metta’ is a mental state of unconditional love and friendliness towards all beings.  This noble virtue could be a lofty goal for many because we may even struggle to have loving-kindness for those close to us such as our family members, friends and colleagues.  Out of habit, our thoughts and reactions are tainted with unpleasant or discriminating views of others.

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7 July 2020

Learning and growing with our children

Being a father or mother is a rewarding life experience which comes with a heavy responsibility towards our children.  When a child is born, we tend to his or her every need and comfort.  As they grow up, we need to mature with them by developing our skills to be their teacher, mentor and supporter.

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21 June 2020

Happy Father’s Day

He carried us on his shoulders and lends his sturdy hand in our times of need.  He cares for our well-being and cautions us sternly if we go down the wrong path.  Bearing his familial duty devotedly, a father is resilient, courageous and compassionate.

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