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Heart space

Right thought, right speech, right action. It comes from the heart space. Dive in, go deep, radiate love and light.

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Never accept the obvious

Walking along the beach on spring equinox the coast guard drove by in a Jeep. Across the top of the windshield was a slogan: ‘NEVER ACCEPT THE OBVIOUS’. In these extraordinary times, look beyond the headlines. See past the noise of the crowd on social media. Observe the subtle, unspoken shifts. Society has a responsibility […]

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Fear setting

What’s the worst that could happen? Are you prepared for that? How would you respond in that scenario? Fear setting is a useful practice in any situation. In the past I’ve applied this technique in various ways. It’s helped to gain perspective and to formulate a considered response. Action in the present moment is effective […]

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Grow

Find a patch of land and grow something. Could be a long while on lockdown. Take self responsibility for your daily needs.

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Deeper than the oceans

It’s my birthday today. I’m celebrating by visiting Aravali beach in Maharashtra. It’s stunning. Confucianism says that a child’s debt to his parents is unpayable. There is an “unhye”, loosely meaning ‘by the grace of’ that says: “Your debt to your parents is deeper than the oceans and higher than the highest mountains”. Feeling deep […]

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Dropping the ball

Our community is beginning to respond to the global pandemic. Embassies are being called. Flights are being taken. In the hysteria of the days activities things were forgotten, postponed or cancelled. Onward travel plans are being rushed forward in the event of total lock down. It felt Ike a tipping point in this sleepy village. […]

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Sit still and do nothing

Self imposed quarantine offers a unique opportunity. The chance to sit still and do nothing. Time to reflect on our insane way of life in the West. Stop doing. Start being. This unprecedented moment in modern history is our wake up call; Throw away your television; Cut the cord on your wireless radio; Cancel your […]

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A reasonable response to a crisis

There’s a lot of hysteria in the news just now. Much of the media we consume derives from a very narrow source. Traditional frontline reporting has been reduced to a collating of premade stories. The rigid conformity of the news agenda is shaped to instil fear. Action based on misinformation tends to be misguided. Panic […]

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Freedom from desire

Our desires can lead us a merry dance. Conviction that we want something tends to wane after the having. The anticipation is the buzz. Cultivating a healthy attitude towards this contrariness can be challenging. Often we don’t realise we’re in the throes of desire until after the event. The suffering has already passed. Examining our […]

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What’s the plan?

I’m here in sunny Goa contemplating the next move. As some of you may have read, yesterday was a bit of a cosmic kick up the backside. It’s time to make a plan. So far as planning goes, I’m more of a general sense of direction kind of a guy than a we must go […]