Articles written by The Daily Minder

Meditation for Pain: How Meditating Can Reduce Pain More Than Drugs

photo credit: Ingrid Sørensen Have you ever had a chronic injury or illness that caused you a lot of pain no matter what you tried? It can be quite horrible. But did you know that science is now finding that meditation can help reduce pain just as much as pain killers? Fascinating isn’t it? In […]

15 Ways to Make Someone’s Day

photo credit: uonottingham “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – the Dalai Lama Sometimes all it takes is a small gesture to totally change someone’s day. When you sense that someone cares for you or is putting your concerns ahead of their own you […]

Health Secrets: What Secrets for a Healthy Body and Mind Do You Know?

photo credit: jfdervin For over ten years now I have suffered from a painful chest injury. It happened during martial arts training; a stray elbow landed right on my sternum. I tried everything to diagnose and fix it – X-rays, scans, acupuncture, physiotherapy, Chinese herbs – and nothing worked. Until a friend told me to […]

What Does the New Year Mean to You?

photo credit: lanuiop Every year before the New Year ticks over I get a little bit anxious. I start thinking about how I should use this as an opportunity to change a habit or an aspect of my life that I am unhappy with. Perhaps with the promise and strength of a New Year’s Resolution […]

Why Exercise is NOT the Key to Losing Weight

photo credit: John Steven Fernandez Six months ago I weighed 93 kilograms (204 pounds). Today I weigh 83 (182 pounds). In just six months I have dropped a solid 10 kilograms and feel healthier than I have since high school. So how much exercise did I do to achieve that goal? Almost none. In this […]

3 Ways to Deal with Physical Pain and Painful Sickness

photo credit: lpk90901 “If the problem can be solved, why worry? If the problem cannot be solved, worrying will do you no good.” – Shantideva For the last two weeks I’ve been in bed unable to move due to a big ole stone stuck in my saliva gland. Every time I ate (or even thought […]

Floods Worse than Haiti and the Boxing Day Tsunami Combined The floods that are happening right now in Pakistan are devastating. The Secretary General of the UN said that they are a worse disaster than the Haiti earthquake and the Boxing Day Tsunami put together. And the sad thing? No one is donating. Why is no one donating? Government’s often only donate when they […]

Eating Animals: Is It Time We Evolved?

photo credit: robert.molinarius “We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err.” – Henry Beston Is it time to stop eating animals? Is meat really necessary in a world where so many other options exist? Is the practice of […]

Why Your Stress Might be Killing You

photo credit: Christina Spicuzza “Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness” – Richard Carlson A few years ago I went through a rough patch that left me feeling constantly stressed. During that time I started to also see some physical manifestations of that emotional turmoil. One day I went to […]

7 Things Star Wars Can Teach You About Life and Politics

  I was watching Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith last night and was amazed at the depth of wisdom and good advice that comes out of some of those characters. Yoda is like an old Buddhist master, Obi-Wan Kenobi is like an experience Samurai warrior and so on. There is also a lot of […]