The Key to World Peace: Love and Compassion

“There cannot be peace in the world when people have anger and hatred in their hearts. Only with love and compassion in the heart is world peace attainable.”

— S. N. Goenka

Almost thirteen years ago, S. N. Goenka—the principal teacher of the highly beneficial and nonsectarian Vipassana Meditationaddressed the United Nations Peace Summit in New York, focusing on “the themes of religious harmony, tolerance and peaceful coexistence.”

Today, battered by the contagious sectarian conflict in Syria, escalating religious violence in Indonesia, and the widening unrest in Myanmar, the world could once again benefit from his words of wisdom.

A perfect counterbalance to your morbid morning news, Goenka’s fourteen-minute speech is guaranteed to start your week off with positive thoughts:

Please share this with others and start a chain of positivity!


Bhavatu Sabba Mangalam.
May all beings be happy.

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Find Your Element, Overcome Obstacles: 3 Success Stories

The Element cover“We all have distinctive talents and passions that can inspire us to achieve far more than we may imagine,” writes Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., in his phenomenal book, “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything”.

He encourages every one of us to find our Element, “the place where the things you love to do and the things that you are good at come together.”

Some call it “the sweet spot.”

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy. I know that the “necessity” to settle into a routine, to choose job security over job satisfaction, can prevent you from doing what you love. You drift further away from your Element each day, thinking it’s the safest route to take—while the opposite is true. Continue reading

Get Published or Die Trying… or Would You?

Daniel Maclise - Caxton Showing the First Specimen of His Printing to King Edward IV at the Almonry, Westminster

I bet this post would be immensely popular had one or two of my books been published by a major publisher—but I’m not there (yet). Or had I published one or two of my books myself, which ideally had been well-received—like Cristian Mihai, whose book “Jazz” I recommend. But I’m not there (yet) either.

So let’s assume that this will definitely happen in the future and that right now, I’m “writing ahead” as an investment. Continue reading