The Art of Knowing Yourself

The last decades have seen much press on a more-or-less new approach in the field of life counseling. Over the years, Philosophical Counseling has become a global movement with different schools of thought, and resulting different approaches. But what exactly is...
Know Your Language: Addiction

Know Your Language: Addiction

Lately, I have been reading Pema Chödrön’s “When Things Fall Apart”, a Buddhist perspective on facing chaos, fear, and death (in its various forms.) Pema mentions addiction as an escape from our fear of death, and I found myself suddenly wondering about the word...

Ritual and Habit

Would you say you perform any kind of ritual in your daily life? Unless you’re the initiate of a coven or some elusive lodge, chances are you’ll answer this question with “No.” The average civilized, educated, more or less privileged modern Western person...

Four Ways of Dealing With Adversity

there’s a crack in everything that’s how the light gets in (Leonard Cohen: Anthem) According to some Buddhist teachings, there is inevitable pain in life. Buddhists call it dukkha, translated as “suffering”, “unsatisfactoriness” or – interestingly enough –...

Pick Your Teachers – and Pick Them Wisely

The saying goes that every person you meet can be a teacher for you. That is true to some extent: Everyone comes with their own story, their own background, their own approach to life. Sometimes, we learn a lot from people who live the seemingly complete opposite of...

Afraid of Success? Maybe Think of It This Way

“Success” is ubiquitous. If you listen to the media and life coaches, everybody wants it. If we don’t watch it, we’re being served 101 different recipes for success. But if you talk to your friends, some actually seem to fear it. Let’s...