Holistic Living

  • 3 Things I Learnt as a Buddhist Monk

    Last time, I wrote about my two-year experience as a Buddhist Monk in a Taiwan Monastery, describing what day to day life was like. Today, I’d like to elaborate on the key lessons I learned during that ...

  • Coronavirus and My Thoughts | A Window Into Our Spiritual Self

    I write this during increasingly tense global conditions. The Coronavirus Pandemic is claiming thousands of lives every day, border lockdowns and stay-at-home. Orders are becoming more and more prevalent, ...

  • Do Good Deeds

    The first of the Three Acts of Goodness, which leads to happiness for self and others is, Do Good Deeds. Doing good deeds is considered the easiest of the three acts because it can be practiced any time ...

  • Freedom from Fear Forever

    We all wish to live our lives in comfort and freedom from fear, joy, and harmony, spending our short time here on Earth doing things that makes us happy and brings us fulfillment, and being free from ...

  • How One Person Can Change the World

    What if I told you that you alone can change the world? That you can shape the world however you like? What difference would you wish to bring? Well, the truth is that you really can, we all can. In fact, ...

  • How To Be Confident In Life – 10 Top Tips

    I have written about how to be confident before in a previous article and because it is a topic that has much interest, I’ve decided to write about it again, but discussing it from a different perspective. ...

  • How to be Effortlessly Happy all the Time

    For most of us, what we do and the decisions we make are motivated by our pursuit of happiness. Knowingly or unknowingly, we are all searching for happiness, joy, and satisfaction, and we base the choices ...

  • How To Be Happy – 10 Happy Habits

    For most people, being happy is the ultimate state of being. All our goals, ambitions, plans, and actions are motivated by our pursuit of happiness. We spend time with those who bring us the most joy. ...

  • How To Become A Patient Person

    People are naturally drawn towards a patient person because of the aura of calm and confidence they exhibit, which gives others feel a sense of comfort.

  • How to Build a Good Reputation

    A good reputation is an essential characteristic all that people should work on for many reasons. It helps us achieve our goals and objectives more easily. It allows us to create stronger and more meaningful ...

  • How to Develop an Aura of Self-Confidence

    A person who radiates a strong aura of self-confidence is assuring, reliable, and can provide others with a sense of comfort and safety. When coupled with characteristics of patience, empathy, and kindness, ...

  • How to Earn the Trust of Everyone

    Earning the trust of the people around is a very underappreciated quality that if paid enough attention to. Can help us in every aspect of life. By having the trust of our family, we can focus on providing ...

  • How To Love What You Do Now!

    There are often times when we wish we were somewhere else, or doing something else, or with someone else. It's okay to be ambitious and reach as high as we can, but if these thoughts are all we obsess ...

  • How to Maximize Your Life

    I think its right to say that everyone wants to operate at their highest level. We all want to maximize our energy and potential so we can achieve all the goals and objectives we set for ourselves. No ...

  • How to Realize Your Inner Peace in all Situations

    Being a calm and cool person is an extremely special trait which is becoming increasingly difficult to find in the hectic nature of our modern society. When a person is calm, his energy affects all the ...

  • How to Speak Good Words

    https://shophappyness.net/collections/canvas-art The power of words cannot be underestimated. It is said that a single good word can destroy a country but can also save a nation. Because we use words ...

  • How to Stop Wasting Time Now!

    Time is the most precious resource we have because it is nonrenewable. Every time it passes by, we lose it forever. We should value our time even more than our money and other material goods because no ...

  • Kind People are Happy People

    My thoughts on happiness and how to live a meaningful and fulfilling life very is simple – we only have to maintain an honest and loving heart, with kind and sincere intentions. This is because real ...

  • Life after being a Buddhist Monk – The Bodhi Life

    It's now been six months since I left the monastic life to return to the secular world. Before that, I was a Buddhist Monk in Taiwan's biggest monastery, Fo Guang Shan, studying, learning, and practicing ...

  • Life is a Great Lesson and Everything is Teaching Us

    In the movie Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks famously said, "Life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you're going to get". The thing is, we are continually reminded of the validity of this quote ...

  • Living a Fulfilling and Meaningful Life

    Despite all our differences, everyone on Earth is also similar in that we all want to live a happy and meaningful life.  Everything we do is motivated by our pursuit of joy and fulfillment, and everyone ...

  • Living In The Moment – 10 Tips To Make You Present

    “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” Living in the moment, ...

  • Making Peace with the Present Moment

    Making peace with the present moment means making peace with ourselves, with others, and with the totality of life. Once peace with all phenomena is established, we can abide in great joy, harmony, and ...

  • My Experience as a Buddhist Monk

    My two years as a Buddhist Monk in the world's biggest monastery, Fo Guang Shan Taiwan, was and most likely will ever be, the most profound and enriching experience of my life. Today I wish to share with ...

  • Our Parent’s Love – The Kindness of Our Parents

    We only have one mother and one father, and from the moment we were born, we relied on them heavily for everything. A parent's love is the closest thing resembling unconditional, selfless love that we ...

  • The Kindness of Others

    Einstein once said, "the most important question you can ever ask is if the world is a friendly place." Because we share this beautiful world with everyone else, the way we perceive the world and its ...

  • The Most Precious Thing in Life is Gratitude

    We live in a world where it is increasingly more important to seek wealth rather than joy, where success is measured by how much we have instead of how much we give, and where beauty and fame are valued ...

  • The Power and Beauty of a Warm Smile

    In a world full of adversity, hardship, and difficulties, one thing will forever stand out radiantly amongst all other things; a warm and sincere smile. The power of a smile is truly inconceivable. It ...

  • The Power of a Concentrated Mind

    In the age of technological advancement, where we have the internet, every social media and all forms of entertainment at our fingertips, it has become easier than ever to find distractions that eat up ...

  • The Ultimate State of Nirvana and How to Realize it.

    Nirvana is the ultimate state of being where all types of suffering cease forever. It is a state of purity, peace, quiescence, and timelessness. Buddhism defines Nirvana as ending the perpetual cycle ...

  • Think Good Thoughts

    Positive thinking is the single most powerful energy that directly shapes our world and the reality we experience. Because of the way we see the world creates the world we see, it is important to fill ...

  • Transforming Anger into Peace and Joy

    Of all the human emotions, anger is the most destructive. It causes oneself endless pain, anxiety, and stress, while also leading to much suffering for the people around. The Buddha once said, "holding ...

  • Vipassana Meditation

    Earlier on, we explored in detail the importance of mindfulness and concentration and how to develop it in our everyday life. Once we are able to concentrate the mind and know how to remain a mindful ...

  • What is Kindness?

    We all want to be a good person, a kind person, a happy person; but what exactly is kindness? Only if we can understand what kindness is, are we able to practice kindness and spread kindness to others? ...

  • What is Love?

    Love is an expression of life, and life is the way we express love. Everything we say, do and think, is motivated by this and our quest to seek the things we love. Our love for family and friends drives ...

  • What is Mindfulness Meditation

    Mindfulness is the single most important practice we can undertake that improves every single aspect of our life. When we integrate mindfulness into our daily routine, we will find that our health improves, ...

  • What is Nonduality? The Nature of Reality.

    There has been a lot of talk recently about nonduality and it being the ultimate truth of reality. I’d like to share my understanding and experience on this topic because I believe that a deep realization ...

  • What is the Purpose of Life?

    ‘What is the purpose of life’ is perhaps one of the most pondered existential questions throughout humanity’s time on Earth. Yet, despite millennia of seeking, through countless religious philosophies ...

  • Why we Should all Praise Ourselves!

    Most of us struggle with the same problem in that we care too much about what others think and seek so much the love of others that we often forget to love ourselves. We have to praise ourselves. Not ...