"How is your good heart?" Meaningful Lives!

It's that time of the year again, when we make new resolutions about all kinds of stuff. The wish list may be short or long but is it achievable? How many of last year's resolutions did we manage to fulfill? I always write them on the first page of my diary to make sure I go back to the list from time to time. 

The death of Ray Manzarek, keyboard player of the legendary band The Doors, is really sad. As a teenager, I was fascinated by their transcendental lyrics and songs, listening to them again and again and reading all the books mentioned on Jim Morrison's biography. I was seduced by his mind and inspired by their brilliant music, as many continue to be today.

Happy 2013!
Against the prediction of ancient calenders, the world hasn't ended which leaves us the other forecasted possibility: the birth of a new era! If we look back to our New Year's resolutions throughout our lives, how many have we actually managed to realise? If we would face death now could we be honestly happy with the person we have become?

It's not everyday that you have the chance to be in the same room as Kofi Annan, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has been at the forefront of major diplomatic challenges facing the international community and who spends most of his time travelling around the world.

Dalai Lama in London 
I was fortunate enough to be at the Royal Albert Hall to hear HH the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, speaking about human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance and contentment.

Philip Glass: Music Artist
London's bubbly cultural life has a precious jewel - the infamous opera by composer Philip Glass and director Robert Wilson, Einstein on the Beach. It was a very avant-garde tradition breaking piece when it happened in 1976.

George Harrison by Scorsese
We live in an era of so much information that it can pollute our perception. But why follow the crowd? We have a choice and can select carefully what to put in our mind, making a conscientious decision about what to watch, read and listen. It's important to continue learning with a questioning attitude.