Peace and quiet

It was one of the noisiest wards in the hospital – TVs blaring from almost every room, alarms beeping urgently, nurses shouting to each other down the corridor, patients yelling out or screaming, sometimes for hours. From time to time, family members would become overwhelmed and start shouting at the staff or their loved ones. […]

Using our energy wisely

It was 11 pm on the last day of the Fifth International Martial Arts games in Melbourne, and most of the audience had already gone home. Those who’d stayed, however, were about to witness something truly remarkable. For the next thirty minutes, the North Korean taekwondo team fought, somersaulted, smashed and performed their way through […]

Happiness in a minor key

  How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false and true; But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face. (from When You Are Old, by William Butler Yeats)   To see the pilgrim soul of another person, to love […]

Suffering in silence

  When we sit down to meditate, we naturally would like to have an experience which is peaceful, relaxing, and pleasant from beginning to end. However, as anyone who meditates regularly knows, this is not always the case. In fact, in addition to the distractions of a busy mind, what we often find in meditation […]