What three things that happened to you in the past week are you thankful for?

I processed the reasons I’d been procrastinating on a project, and since found it a wonderful source of creative expression. Approaching my work on it each day now with joy and enthusiasm.

The hot weather where I live has been cooling down recently.

I’ve meditated immediately on arising 3 times – rather than after my morning coffee. I appreciate that when I do that, my mind goes to stillness more quickly and profoundly. Setting a stretch goal to do it 3 times or more in the coming week

What have you watched or heard recently that made you feel extremely grateful and lucky to have what you have today?

I suppose my sense of gratitude is influenced by outer events that are perceived by the senses. But for me, the deeper sense of gratitude follows from taking time for reflecting on what’s within. When I connect with my inner self, I’m better able to appreciate what presents in the outer world. For what is today.

I hope that’s not too woo-woo for you! (Smile)


Why do so many men lack empathy?

Great question, thanks!

Actually, empathy is only one of many traits that men lack, that stems from repressing any emotion except anger.

Western society devalues emotions. So many messages – particularly for men – that emotions are somehow to be denied and ignored. Did you ever hear any of these? Read more

How does one gain wisdom?

There’s a distinct difference between wisdom and knowledge. Your question was about wisdom, but I thought I’d draw a comparison for the sake of clarity.

Knowledge is something your absorb from reading, lectures or discussions.

Wisdom is Read more

What is the point of rebirth if you are not aware during the cycle, or are you.? Does it make a difference, and how will my current self ever experience the result?

I presume you’re asking about reincarnation i.e., physical rebirth; and not energetic/spiritual/emotional rebirth as the result of therapy, ritual, or other altered state experiences.

Actually, rebirth is kind of Read more

What is something everyone complains about, but you have never personally experienced?

Technically, I don’t have an answer to your question, because I don’t know “everyone”.

But in the circles I move in, I’ve heard Read more

What made you happy today?

My partner and I have a daily ritual of a long, soulful hug upon arising. No words, just feeling the joy and pleasure of being wholly accepted and loved by another beautiful human being for 30–60 seconds.

How can I become the best possible person I can be?

You missed two other qualities of self – emotional and spiritual. So there are four.

We need not give much attention to any of them, because life tends to run on autopilot at a fundamental level. You continue to breathe. Your heart continues to beat. Until it doesn’t.

A longer and higher quality, more fulfilling life results from the amount of Read more

What should one seek from a teacher?

 J Krishnamurti gave a talk once about the guru/disciple paradigm. Is it terminally broken? Seekers seek answers.

How do I boost my self-esteem and stop caring about what others think?

Become self-aware. Learn to meditate and ask 4 questions of your inner self:

  1. Who am I?
  2. Why am I here?
  3. What are my gifts?
  4. How can I give them to the world?

When you get the answers, your self-esteem will be high. Because you will have come to know yourself.