This blog is now nearing 2 years of activity, which at times may seem hard to believe. One of the challenges I think many people encounter who maintain a blog is having the correct motivation and continually being inspired, so that the blog continues to live on. In a way, its similar to embarking in a new relationship. In the beginning, everything can be really exciting and new. In order for that relationship to continue, those feelings of excitement have to eventually be replaced with feelings of caring and love.

During these two years, many people have left many wonderful comments on the posts and people have also left more private comments through the feedback form, expressing how some of the content on this blog has been useful. As long as this blog provides some benefit to someone, somewhere, I’ll try my best to continue to engage it.

As an interesting note, the blog statistics show that over the past couple 6 months, there have been visitors from over 138 countries, represented below:

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 13,046
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 2,475
Canada FlagCanada 1,868
Australia FlagAustralia 1,405
India FlagIndia 1,035
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 751
Singapore FlagSingapore 646
Mexico FlagMexico 314
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 280
Philippines FlagPhilippines 279
France FlagFrance 270
Germany FlagGermany 269
Brazil FlagBrazil 258
Italy FlagItaly 252
Greece FlagGreece 212
Sweden FlagSweden 209
Thailand FlagThailand 201
Spain FlagSpain 185
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 184
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 172
Hong Kong FlagHong Kong 161
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 158
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 150
Hungary FlagHungary 130
Nepal FlagNepal 129
Denmark FlagDenmark 120
Japan FlagJapan 118
Ireland FlagIreland 111
Poland FlagPoland 104
Bhutan FlagBhutan 104
Viet Nam FlagViet Nam 88
Belgium FlagBelgium 86
Taiwan, Province of China FlagTaiwan 85
Romania FlagRomania 78
Sri Lanka FlagSri Lanka 73
Croatia FlagCroatia 70
Portugal FlagPortugal 70
Russian Federation FlagRussian Federation 65
Colombia FlagColombia 62
Finland FlagFinland 62
Korea, Republic of FlagRepublic of Korea 58
Argentina FlagArgentina 58
Norway FlagNorway 55
Latvia FlagLatvia 52
Slovenia FlagSlovenia 51
Czech Republic FlagCzech Republic 49
Turkey FlagTurkey 48
Puerto Rico FlagPuerto Rico 36
Chile FlagChile 35
Israel FlagIsrael 34
Austria FlagAustria 32
Lithuania FlagLithuania 32
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 30
Trinidad and Tobago FlagTrinidad and Tobago 28
Pakistan FlagPakistan 28
Bangladesh FlagBangladesh 27
Egypt FlagEgypt 24
Serbia FlagSerbia 24
Malta FlagMalta 23
Ecuador FlagEcuador 22
Ukraine FlagUkraine 22
Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 20
Slovakia FlagSlovakia 20
Estonia FlagEstonia 20
Peru FlagPeru 19
New Caledonia FlagNew Caledonia 16
Venezuela FlagVenezuela 16
Barbados FlagBarbados 16
Iceland FlagIceland 14
Bulgaria FlagBulgaria 13
Cambodia FlagCambodia 13
Qatar FlagQatar 12
Mongolia FlagMongolia 12
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of FlagMacedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic 12
Guatemala FlagGuatemala 11
Costa Rica FlagCosta Rica 10
Cyprus FlagCyprus 9
Nigeria FlagNigeria 9
Albania FlagAlbania 8
Jamaica FlagJamaica 8
Myanmar FlagMyanmar 8
Dominican Republic FlagDominican Republic 7
Macao FlagMacao 6
Kuwait FlagKuwait 6
Aruba FlagAruba 6
Bermuda FlagBermuda 6
Montenegro FlagMontenegro 6
Uruguay FlagUruguay 5
Armenia FlagArmenia 5
Kenya FlagKenya 5
Luxembourg FlagLuxembourg 4
Bosnia and Herzegovina FlagBosnia and Herzegovina 4
Panama FlagPanama 4
Uganda FlagUganda 4
Cuba FlagCuba 4
Morocco FlagMorocco 4
Namibia FlagNamibia 4
French Polynesia FlagFrench Polynesia 4
Iraq FlagIraq 3
Ghana FlagGhana 3
Mauritius FlagMauritius 3
Jordan FlagJordan 3
Zimbabwe FlagZimbabwe 3
Belarus FlagBelarus 2
Lebanon FlagLebanon 2
Maldives FlagMaldives 2
Saint Kitts and Nevis FlagSaint Kitts and Nevis 2
Bolivia FlagBolivia 2
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines FlagSaint Vincent and the Grenadines 2
Moldova, Republic of FlagMoldova 2
Uzbekistan FlagUzbekistan 2
Suriname FlagSuriname 2
Honduras FlagHonduras 2
Jersey FlagJersey 2
Yemen FlagYemen 2
Grenada FlagGrenada 2
Faroe Islands FlagFaroe Islands 2
Palestinian Territory, Occupied FlagPalestinian Territory, Occupied 2
Oman FlagOman 2
Bahamas FlagBahamas 1
Turks and Caicos Islands FlagTurks and Caicos Islands 1
Paraguay FlagParaguay 1
Lao People's Democratic Republic FlagLao People’s Democratic Republic 1
Lesotho FlagLesotho 1
Tunisia FlagTunisia 1
Netherlands Antilles FlagNetherlands Antilles 1
China FlagChina 1
Belize FlagBelize 1
Côte d'Ivoire FlagCôte d’Ivoire 1
Åland Islands FlagÅland Islands 1
Tanzania, United Republic of FlagUnited Republic of Tanzania 1
Nicaragua FlagNicaragua 1
Fiji FlagFiji 1
Isle of Man FlagIsle of Man 1
Botswana FlagBotswana 1
Afghanistan FlagAfghanistan 1
El Salvador FlagEl Salvador 1
Dominica FlagDominica 1
Djibouti FlagDjibouti 1

Below is a map of the world, showing where visitors are coming from:

Bonds That Link Everyone

Even though most of the visitors I’ve never met, and will likely never meet in this lifetime, I’m led to believe that one thing that has lead everyone to gather in this little space on the internet is the pursuit of lasting happiness and the lessening and removal of suffering.

While I understand that long after people have left this site, people will have returned to their normal lives, and continue to live in their practice, in whichever way or form that may manifest. My hope is that, not through my own efforts, but through the efforts of each individual person, that everyone can move into their daily lives and make their world and world’s of those around them a better place.

One thing that come’s to mind is something that Lama Zopa once commented, regarding how our practice affects the rest of the world. If we make a conscious effort not to harm others, if we meet 200 people during the day, by minding our practice and not harming those 200 people, we’ve already created 200 less problems in the world.

Even though I’m not really a person qualified to say this, I’d like to say thank you ,in behalf of the world, for your ongoing curiosity, diligence, and effort towards inner and outer peace.