I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library. -Jorge Luis Borges
My love for reading has always attracted me to the beautiful rustic libraries. The rare decorative book bindings, ornamental illustrations, and enchanting aroma of old books create a spell.
The polygon-shaped building of Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library treasures several rare old books and has an enigmatic ambiance perfect for reading and writing. It was one of my favorite places to study during graduate studies, and will always be.
Fisher library holds an extensive collection of illustrated books and manuscripts on the various subject areas; the…
Mindfulness is a holistic practice that can be followed often in everyday activities. Mindful eating is a way to connect with yourself. When we develop a healthy relationship with food, it nourishes and heals us better. From the choice of ingredients to cooking and having food are stages of being mindful and grateful.
Be grateful to the person who provided or cooked the food, for cooking is an act of love and kindness. An attitude of gratitude while eating mindfully brings joy with nourishment.
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. - Hippocrates
Food provides energy and…
You are the first victim of your own anger.-Buddha
Anger is a negative emotion that impacts physical and mental health. Anger is a typical response to an unpleasant situation. Adversity and suffering may beget anger that worsens the situation.
Our vices control behavior more than wisdom. Awareness and intention can manage anger when the mind is prepared to deal with this negative emotion. As we meditate often, we recognize the pattern of pleasant and unpleasant sensations. Meditation thus helps to identify and control the precursors and agents of anger. …
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. -Henry David Thoreau
A beautiful day begins with walking a few thousand steps. I feel blessed with a morning walk that brings serenity and positive energy to run the day.
I started walking with my grandpa when I was a little kiddo. We used to walk around a nearby University campus and usually stopped by a public library to read for an hour or so. …
It was a cold morning at a subway stop near the graduate house at the University of Toronto; I found this little post-it note saying, choose one for yourself. The options were; hope, courage, smile, adventure, peace, and a few more. And I picked courage. Courage to speak up, to choose what I wanted, to clear the clutter in my life, to lift the barriers of ambiguity in relationships, and courage to move forward in the darkness. Nothing in life changed magically since then, but I found answers to the most uncertain and unsettled.
Time famine troubled me as a new parent and added to the stress caused by adjusting to the new normal. I reflected on my routine and measured the approximate time taken by activities and chores especially. This exercise helped me filter the tasks that were time-consuming and creating fatigue.
If you can measure it, you can manage it. — Prof. Peter Drucker
So I created a not-to-do list that helps me do more. A few simple steps can help save energy and attention. I list things that are not so important, time-consuming, and can be delayed or replaced by a…
Nothing happens to a wise man against his expectation. — Seneca
Stoicism is an ancient philosophy that teaches us to live better. Negative visualization is a principle of Stoicism that helps in envisioning the transient nature of everything and not be perturbed by the unexpected events in life.
No matter how well we try to achieve our goals, look for time and company of people we love, something can go awry. We all are a part of a very interdependent and interconnected scheme of things. And the probability of a desirable event taking place is mostly less than we think.
Mind and matter are connected. Physical health problems often accompany mental health disorders. However, it is easier to diagnose physical illness. The illusion of living with a healthy mind remains until it is late to treat mental health issues. And most of the mental health problems are associated with lifestyle, genetics, environment and upbringing. It is not easy to cope with mental illness without unconditional support from family, friends, and medical resources. Three primary factors that improve mental health in holistic treatment are; i) food and nutrition, ii) health and fitness, and iii) medical treatment. There are other activities though…
Little joys are precious. Life is beautiful when we choose happiness in small things. And we can cherish the little joys often, if not always. All it takes is an attitude of gratitude and mindfulness.
When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. — Willie Nelson
Gratitude brings joy. Being thankful for what we have is the key to happiness. Imagining life without things and people that we start taking for granted helps to realize how important they are, also known as negative visualization in Stoicism. …
Life is a series of pleasant and unpleasant experiences. Suffering is inevitable in the journey of life. Despite being inherent to life’s experiences, suffering is often resisted. And rarely the upbringing and education teach us to comprehend the unpleasant situations well. Practicing mindfulness can help to deal with stress and suffering; it does need patience and practice though.
We suffer more often in imagination than in reality. — Seneca
Suffering is often caused by brooding over past experiences, uncertainties, or apprehension about the future. …