On my mind is the deliberate self-inflicted pain that arises from my lapsed memory or amnesia; case in mind being when I fall into the temptation of aggressively pulling out the skin flakes or peels that form around the finger nails after a long period of absence.

Apart from having forgotten the inundating pain of last time, falling into the temptation of picking these flakes is accelerated by Continue Reading "The Cuticle And My Short Memory"

It started as, “Single” at a time when I was slim, handsome and tall.  “Mrefu”, or “Msomali”, was what my pupil colleagues called me in Fort Hall Primary School back then. That was before I graduated to be nicknamed “Skeleton” by my Form One class teacher in Murang’a High School, Father Gerald. After College, my…Continue Reading “The Dynamism of My ‘Relationship Status’”

The seemingly little and insignificant everyday aspects of life that humanity displays every so often have continued to confound even the world’s greatest brains; aspects that include the reasons behind kissing, blushing and even picking the nose.

Scientists have split the atom, put men on the moon and discovered the DNA of which humans are made, and yet there are key mysteries of human behavior which they have failed Continue Reading "The Confounding Little Things Of What It Means To Be Human – The Airplane Mode"

The dawn of every new day comes with a hope that is infectious and communicable to all humanity. It is a genuine hope that is prominently displayed on the faces of the people on crowded streets downtown every morning of every day of every year.

The hope that comes with the dawn of a new day makes humanity, extremely busy and enthusiastic, with the expectation that today’s achievements will be greater than those of yesterday. They start the day with renewed zeal;  Continue Reading "Hope Of A New Born Day"

In today’s information age lesser and lesser time is being spent in and with nature, leading to conditions and ailments that did not exist a few decades ago. These conditions and ailments have been described by Richard Louv as Nature Deficit Disorders or NDDs in his book entitled, “The Nature Principle”.

When deliberate effort is made to look to nature, it’s beauty and wisdom in the simple and the ordinary becomes clearly evident. Nature gives messages and lessons that are most times taken for granted. It also has some inherent healing properties which help to improve one’s health, happiness and overall well being.

What if humanity was like the sun, which rises early, and does not get late to set? All humanity would get out of bed early and would not go to bed late. Is that not a great lesson from nature? What if it was like the moon and the stars, which shine and Continue Reading "The Great Lessons That Humanity Can Learn From Nature"

“Now and then, it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness, and, just be happy”

Doctors will confirm that a significant number of patients in hospitals are suffering from conditions and disorders that are not infection-related; they are suffering from conditions that are not caused by germs or bugs such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, or fungi; but the conditions they are suffering from are directly related to their perceptions and thoughts.  Results of medical and laboratory tests carried out on these patients indicate that they are not sick and yet they are suffering from “physical symptoms” that include insomnia (lack of sleep), anxiety, hot flashes, night sweats, anger, frustration, impatience, emotional trauma, physical trauma, allergies, digestive issues, back pain, distress, disability and constipation.

These “physical symptoms” are caused by mental, emotional or psychological factors and they are called Continue Reading "The Healing Powers of Contentment"

“I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you are ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Culture, has systematically conformed majority of the 7.6 billion human beings living in the world today to think and behave as if we are separate individuals; individuals who are competing with each other for scarce resources, especially money. We imagine that we can make it alone, and we have set boundaries between ourselves and other human beings; and between ourselves and nature.

The true position, however, is that life is full of interconnections which we do not pay attention to most of the time. Everything and everyone in the universe is interconnected, interdependent and interrelated. We are not solitary creatures, but social creatures. Everything we do revolves around somebody or something else, and we share a destiny with each other. As examples, to be born involves a father and a mother, to marry involves a spouse and the relatives, to be sick involves doctors and nurses, none of us can bury themselves after death.

The interconnections become evident when we share one another’s sorrows during Continue Reading "We Are Nothing Except For The Other"