Right timing or mind’s timing?

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As we know, our mind’s idea of the right timing is rarely aligned with the flow of life. We want it all, preferably yesterday. Me, me, me! Now, now, now!
The mind says: I cannot take this any longer! I want success, a new job, more money, romance, health or perfect physique immediately. What do you mean I’m not cured after one session of therapy? I don’t have time ...

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The New Year paradox

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It’s that time of the year again. We stop and take stock and try to focus on what we’d like to manifest in the next 12 months. With the wisdom of hindsight at our disposal we may realise 2013 didn’t quite go according to our masterplan. Life has the tendency to surprise us, as if to remind us that control is just an illusion – we can steer our ...

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Feel good junkie

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The world is full of spiritual and self help wonders these days. We are lucky to live at a day and age where most of us are free to explore or not explore any kind of spiritual or personal development path we choose. It’s wonderful that many are encouraged and inspired to discover hidden talents, depths and qualities about themselves and choose to walk on the bright side of ...

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Painful wisdom

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breathe

We go to almost unbelievable lengths to avoid pain. We keep ourselves busy with full diaries, have a drink, go shopping, spend hours on Facebook, watch films, read books and so on. I’m not saying all these activities are bad and should be avoided, but there certainly is a rather large grain of truth in the ancient Buddhist teaching about ...

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What I learned in school

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I recently went through my old study files from the time I undertook the Diploma in Holistic Counselling in the UK and found an essay that still very much resonates today. Reading it reminded me of how rewarding and challenging the healing arts can be, and how our own authenticity really is the only way.

I’m sharing a part of the essay here:

“Over the past years ...

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The indispensable me

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I received an unwelcome guest a few days ago: Influenza. Yes, the real deal. Not a slight runny-nose-and-feeling-a-bit-under-the-weather kind of thing, but a full blown temperature-induced viral state of body that makes you delirious.

It made me reflect upon my work and how I feel about it. Like most of us who grew up in Lutheran Finland, I am no stranger to an overdeveloped sense of duty and ...

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Hello, common sense

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Let it go

Over the past couple of months I’ve been posting little snippets of practical spiritual offerings on my Facebook page, and decided to share them here too. Most of them are obvious, some maybe not. My quest on bringing spiritual practice back to basics is continuing!

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Peaceful warriors

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When I was younger I was never afraid to go to the barricades if I believed in something.

March against Monsanto, Helsinki

Thanks to my radical parents (my dad still painted political graffiti in his 50s, although he has mellowed since) and a home where everyone was welcome I grew up with an insatiable curiosity towards the world. I was ...

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How long is now?

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When was the last time you were blissfully happy?

I’m talking about that my-cup-runneth-over sort of feeling when you’re overwhelmingly full of joy. Life seems to be completely on your side. There’s nothing more you could ask for. You’re loved, blessed, gifted beyond measure.

We all have had these experiences and, to be honest, many of us spend our lives seeking contentment. It looks different for all ...

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