This life may be difficult, puzzling, frustrating and completely confusing. But at the same time there is the sense that at least it’s my difficult, puzzling, frustrating and completely confusing life, wholly 100% mine. It is puzzling, there is no doubt about that. Yet there is a strong undercurrent of joy at the fact that […]
I walked down to my favourite beach on a beautiful sunny winter day a few months ago when I ran across a woman I’d sometimes see at the beach. I guessed she was in her late fifties or early sixties, with long blonde hair and always tanned. I asked her what she was reading and she told […]
How is it that gratitude can be so hard to sustain on a continual basis? We know intellectually to be grateful but so often this seems to disappear in a wave of frustration, complaining, or wishing things were other than they are. What is the key to releasing the gratitude that is inside us? Because tied […]
When you meet someone who seeks only pleasure, it stands out. Their diet may be full of treats – like sugar, salty flavours, and over-flavoured processed food. They may find it hard to exercise. They may like to watch hours of TV or spend their day surfing the Net. They may want to rush through jobs […]
Do you ever have the feeling that children know it all already and that your whole adult life is spent trying to recall what you already knew as a child?
Don’t spend time dwelling on what’s wrong with other people. You only have so much time to work on yourself and you will need all the time you have.
I was on a Vipassana meditation course last month, sharing a bathroom with thirty strangers during ten days of silence. I noticed that sometimes the toilet roll would be changed when it was empty and sometimes it wouldn’t. There were no rules around this – it was simply some people were taking the initiative themselves […]
The other day I woke up with an incredible dream in my mind. I dreamt that I was surrounded by total support. That everything I did and said was received with complete acceptance and support. It was an incredible feeling. No strife, no questioning, no blame, just understanding and support. When I told my friend […]
Yesterday as I stood on my friend’s lawn, I watched a man wearing a black trench coat walk down the sidewalk with his wife, who was also wearing black. That part’s normal enough… what was peculiar were the eight crows circling overhead stalking them. The couple were being followed by a pack of crows. The […]