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The etiquette of hosting

Finding the right balance between hospitality and hostility is a fine line. Expectations of hosts and guests can be ambiguous and vague. This can lead to misunderstanding, disappointment and frustration. Feeling obligated to cater to needy visitors can be challenging. Observing basic courtesy and awareness of hosts’ needs is an essential life skill for travelling […]

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The subtle art of reverence

As we bow to the other, we respect ourselves. When we gather in community, we acknowledge the ritual of togetherness. By devotion to a higher purpose, we worship the divine. In reverence, we transcend.

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Eat first, think later

It’s the first rule of cycle touring. Pushing a laden bike over distance requires sustained effort. Taking a decision to change direction or to continue is rarely fruitful on an empty stomach. The brain needs many calories of energy to provide optimum solutions to mental and physical challenges. On occasion I’ve made some questionable choices […]

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You’re the juice

Figuring out your thing takes a minute. The time invested in working on yourself is repaid as you start upon the way towards your truth. During the hustle you’ll hear comments about what you’re doing. Act on this feedback. A couple I’m riffing with recently said ‘this is the juice we needed to get started […]

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Triggers for compassion

We all have triggers. Certain attitudes, actions and behaviour patterns in others will provoke a reaction. How do we manage this? Is it best to speak up and confront the situation head on? Is better to act swiftly to resolve the disagreement? What if we just sit still and ride it out, observing that the […]

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Working 5 – 9

When I has a regular 9 – 5 career I had a simple daily routine that involved cycling, swimming and yoga either end of the working day (I was training for triathlon at the time). I fitted in the things I was passionate about around my work commitments. This was in addition to working on […]

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Aqua therapy

Every Sunday here in Goa there’s a pool party. The reggae soundtrack fills the day with easy vibes. It’s a relaxing way to welcome in the start of a new week. Having spent a few hours grooving on the dancefloor I felt the call to enjoy the pool. Sat just above the DJ booth, overlooking […]

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A night of adventure

Last night I went to a dinner party for a friend’s 30th. We shared a delicious meal together at a tasty place called Verandah. After dinner I felt the call to explore the local area by motorcycle. I took off on a two wheeled adventure into the night. I saw many things but the two […]

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Beginner’s mind

Beginner’s mind is a state of being that asks for openness, keeness and and lack of preconceptions, even at an advanced level. It’s useful in many situations. It begets humility, learning and growth. It places us into a state of receptivity, emptiness (of the Buddhist kind) and honesty. Whatever you do today, approach it with […]