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Natural nasal neti

There’s a practice in yoga called nasal neti. The process involves pouring salty water from a little watering can into each nostril until the water flows out of the other. It’s intended to cleanse the nostrils. A swim in the ocean works just as well. Simply wade into the choppy sea, flop into a dive […]

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Social media and sex

Instagram lifestyle bloggers are trading off of flesh. Sexualised images proliferate across the feeds of young people from yoga to travel, tantra to self help, cycling to the goddess awakening movement. The standard presentation tends to rely on mildly pornographic images as a default. These accounts appear to gather momentum more quickly and significantly than […]

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Modern day preacher men

I’m fortunate enough that I run a business that can be managed from anywhere. The laptop lifestyle is a modern invention that depends upon the internet. Without it, there would be no digital nomads. Thanks to progress in technology we have an abundance of advances across the disciplines; medical science, finance and education, to name […]

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Composting

Our back yard is about to be composted. The ground has been turned, rested and left to absorb the sun’s rays for a few months and now it’s time to prepare for a new crop. Nana has collected a few dozen baskets of dried leaves and bush which have been scattered all over the land. […]

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An exercise in patience

Sometimes in India the electricity goes off. It’s occasional, sporadic and unpredictable. Like today. I have a bunch of tasks that can only be performed online. I can’t access any of the information I need and I can’t upload the content I’ve created. It’s frustrating. My working week is optimised to afford the maximum quality […]

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Gratitude for my parents

I wrote the other day about how some aspects of my childhood were a little quirky. Whose wasn’t? On reflection and in the interest of balance, I’m laying down gratitude for my parents. They did a great job. I know I’m loved. I’m living a life less ordainary thanks to thier encouragement, support and hard […]

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Stepping stones

“Leave your stepping stones behind there, something calls for you” Bob Dylan

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Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri is an annual Hindu festival to celebrate the consummation of the Union of Shiva and Parvati. It is also known as the night of the heavenly dance of Lord Shiva. Observances include fasting, yoga, self study and lingam worship. Here in north Goa we marked the occasion with a fabulous community party at […]

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Co-Dependents Anonymous

Yesterday I attended a Co-Dependents Anonymous meeting. CoDA is a twelve step recovery program to help folks enjoy healthy, loving relationships. I knew I had some codependent traits but speaking with the group and working through the materials really helped to highlight my blind spots. We’re all codependent in some form. The extent to which […]

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Almost cut my hair

Sat here in Goa, sun shining, birds singing, breeze blowing, it’s easy to feel like I’m on holiday. This is not a holiday. It’s choice designed to offer opportunity and community in line with my current world view. I live here for winter because I value time and experiences more highly than status and material […]