Want to stop holding back? Learn the difference between pain and suffering

Word has it, the ancient Indian radical and spiritual master known as the Buddha once asked his students, “If a person is struck by an arrow, is it painful?” “It is,” they answered. He then asked, “If the person is struck by a second arrow, is that even more painful?” “It is,” they answered. “In …

Admitting the cold, hard truth about mindfulness will set you free

Here’s the secret about meditation no one likes to admit: it just reminds us of something we too easily forget. Contrary to all the hype about “mindfulness,” you don’t need to buy it, read about it, or go out and get it. (That’s capitalism for you.) No, you’re already mindful — right now. Think about the last …

So, you want to be a writer? Here’s how to practice.

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 24 and put down the guitar and fantasies of being a rock star. Then, I wanted to write philosophy — like the existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre and the literary critic Frederic Jameson. Now, I just want to make people feel the way I feel when I read Tara Brach, …