Embracing Imperfection

Embracing Imperfection

I’ve always been the odd one out. A square peg in a sea of circles. Growing up, I never quite fit into the societal moulds neatly shaped for acceptance. But you know what? I’m all right with that. You may wish to listen to the audio version of this article My story begins in the small town where everyone knew everyone else’s business. Childhood days were marked by raised eyebrows and hushed whispers as I explored the world with a different lens. While my peers strived to conform, I revelled in my uniqueness. Perhaps it was the twinkle in my eye or the way I saw beauty in the unconventional, but I was always drawn to the edges of the picture where things seemed a bit blurry, a bit imperfect. I saw the world in all colours, but people around me often saw in one or two colour. I mean that’s ok, as long as you are aware that you have chosen deliberately to see the world bi-coloured (and not trying to prove you wrong). I too sometimes see the world in a black and white way, but most of the times life comes to me in different colours and feelings. One vivid memory encapsulates the essence of my journey. It was a school talent show, an annual event where conformity reigned supreme. The stage was reserved for singers, dancers, and those with “acceptable” talents. Amidst the polished performances, I decided to take the stage with a guitar and play a mixture of music styles all jammed together… there was jazz, classical, heavy metal, pop, folk, you name it....
You have the right to know who is right

You have the right to know who is right

Listen to the audio version of this article In modern society, there is a prevalent emphasis on the left brain hemisphere, characterized by its logical, analytical, and rational thinking processes. This bias can be attributed to the prioritization of subjects and skills that align with academic and professional success, such as mathematics, sciences, and structured problem-solving. While the left-brain functions are undoubtedly essential for cognitive development and decision-making, the overemphasis on these aspects has led to a relative neglect of the right-brain hemisphere’s intuitive, creative, holistic capacities and surrender to total emotional states. This imbalance can result in negative consequences for individuals and society as a whole. I see all these happening right in front of my eyes, as I look back to my childhood, I remember many people around me kept talking about IT-related jobs with awe and respect. In high school, my classmates who were good at math and physics were highly respected both by teachers, parents and the general public. While, I saw and understood the reason why, I felt that there was something that’s missing. As a matter of fact, I saw people literally being hungry for intense emotions and longing to surrender to sensationalism and passion. No wonder why, I guess, no wonder why indeed. In a world of numbers, emotions are useless.   East vs West, or Left vs Right brain hemisphere In the Western world, particularly in Europe and North America, there has historically been a tendency to emphasize left-brain hemisphere attributes, such as rationality, individualism, and analytical thinking, in the interpretation of the divine. This has led to the development of...
Rising Above: A Tale of Positive Coping in the Face of Adversity

Rising Above: A Tale of Positive Coping in the Face of Adversity

Listen to the audio version of this article The air hung heavy with the weight of uncertainty as I navigated the winding road of adversity. Life had a peculiar way of throwing curveballs, and the pitch was becoming increasingly unpredictable. Yet, within the ebb and flow of challenges, I discovered a profound lesson—one that transformed my approach to adversity and resilience. It all began during a time when the rhythm of life seemed to falter. I found myself standing at the crossroads of unexpected setbacks, a story familiar to many who have felt the sting of adversity. The road ahead was clouded with doubt, and I yearned for a beacon to guide me through the shadows. As the days turned into weeks, the weight of adversity pressed upon me. The mundane became a struggle, and the future seemed shrouded in uncertainty. It was in this moment of vulnerability that I stumbled upon a lesson that would change the course of my journey—a lesson in positive coping. But first, let me tell you what caused this adversarial situation to me. It was speed. Well, no this is not a story of addiction, so I’m not talking about amphetamines or any other illicit drugs on the streets. I am talking about the speed of life. If I were a type of devil and I were given an assignment by a greater devil, e.g., from Beelzebub, to destroy the world. I would speed up the supply of information and emotional enhancement. Because this is effective. After a while, one would go crazy, emotionally exhausted. The Western man has the power of such...
Global Spiritual Enlightenment – why we need it?

Global Spiritual Enlightenment – why we need it?

Listen to the audio version of this article   In a world marked by rapid technological advancements, interconnectedness, and cultural diversity, the human desire to witness a global spiritual enlightenment is a natural and profound aspiration. While spirituality is often considered a deeply personal journey, the yearning to see humanity collectively embark on a path of spiritual awakening is not only valid but also holds the potential to foster unity, compassion, and holistic growth. Are we fostering unity? And compassion? And what about holistic growth? When you feel the dark night overwhelming bright light, it’s hard to feel empathy and a sense of thriving. Yes, I am talking in the name of all those folks who work the “brilliant” 9 – 5 work, all those who qualify as low-class people. But they are not alone, if only they could see and embrace their similarities. It’s hard though, because in a free world of myth producers, there is way too much emphasis on uniqueness, distinctiveness and individuality.   The Inherent Connection  At the heart of the desire for global spiritual enlightenment lies an understanding of the inherent connection that binds all living beings. Spiritual teachings across cultures and traditions emphasize the concept of interconnectedness – the idea that we are all part of a larger cosmic web (Gonzalez et al., 2021). This shared interconnectedness extends beyond geographic, cultural, and religious boundaries. The desire for global spiritual enlightenment stems from recognizing this universal bond, transcending divisive factors, and acknowledging that a collective awakening can lead to a more harmonious existence. Indeed, a universal bond of unity, closeness and togetherness. The irony...
Goals and Circumstances – A Friendship

Goals and Circumstances – A Friendship

Listen to the audio version of this article.   In life, we all have goals that we want to achieve. These goals can be big or small, short-term or long-term. But regardless of their size or scope, our goals are important because they give us something to strive for. They provide us with a sense of purpose and direction, and they help us to stay motivated and focused. But what happens when our goals are challenged by circumstances? What if we experience setbacks or obstacles that make it seem impossible to achieve our goals? In these moments, it’s important to remember that our goals are still worth pursuing. Even if we have to adjust our timelines or change our strategies, we should never give up on our dreams. There are many benefits to pursuing goals (Latham, 2004), even in the face of challenging circumstances. For one, setting and achieving goals can boost our self-esteem and confidence. When we accomplish something that we set our minds to, it gives us a sense of accomplishment and pride. This can lead to a more positive outlook on life and a greater sense of well-being. In addition, pursuing goals can help us to learn and grow. When we face challenges, we are forced to step outside of our comfort zones and develop new skills and abilities. This can make us more resilient and adaptable in the face of future challenges. Finally, pursuing goals can help us to connect with others (Pineda & Lerner, 2006). When we share our goals with others, we can find support and encouragement. This can make the journey to...