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Summer solstice

We had grand plans for summer solstice. We’d organised a ceremony to celebrate with friends. It was going to be fun. Instead, for reasons as yet under process, we had a massive emotional shakedown. It was distressing, discombobulating and eventually, cathartic. I’m still reeling from the tremors. “If you want to make God laugh, tell him […]

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The end of tourism as we know it

One of the ways that I make a living as a blogger is through a travel website. Since the beginning of the pandemic, demand for this destination has all but dried up. Visitor numbers to the site are way down since UK holiday makers are under lockdown. Domestic travel may return in some form over […]

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Alchemy for Personal Transformation

I just completed the 21 days abundance meditation. Off the back of those sessions we formed a new group to share inspiration and resources. A friend in the group recommended a book; The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformation. Peter said of the book: “The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus – probably the most fundamental […]

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A cheeky riff on sexual alchemy

Sexual alchemy is the energy of all creation. It’s the magic that sparks all being. A life bereft of love is no life at all. I read an article recently that spoke to the ways in which we are distracted from the wonder of our existence.  It resonated with me. Love is the key.

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All those are just labels

In yesterday’s post ‘How To Get The Life You Really Want In Three Easy Steps’, maybe the title could have been ‘How To Get The Career That You Really Want’. But then as a free lance what you do and how you live are symbiotic. In a career, it’s easy to live the label of […]

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How to get the dream life you want in three easy steps

Choose a dream. Figure out how to make it happen. Work hard. Enjoy dream life! That’s the back of a beermat boot-strappers guide. The work that precedes that sequence of action is a little more detailed. In my case, I just spent ten years building a blogging business with my business partner, Tom; working to […]

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The art of surrender

A Dharmic Number In many of the Eastern traditions the number 108 has importance. Buddhists recite mantra 108 times, a mala has 108 beads and in yoga some postures are performed for 108 repetitions. At the beginning of last year I set a strong intention to sit two hours daily. I was successful for 107 […]

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An inspiring journey

Towards the end of the Central Asian leg of my Vietnam to UK bike trip I met a wonderful young woman called Chloe. Sat in a homestay in Samarkand, the Uzbek capital, we were introduced and struck up a conversation. A few days later met again in Bukhara. Cass (Chloe was difficult for locals to […]

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The energy of joy

I sat this morning for my usual hour of Vipassana meditation with a feeling of slight annoyance. I’d snoozed for an hour and that had started the cycle of mind chatter that says ‘you’re late!’. That fraction of a thought that says: ‘you have so much to do today; there’s the swim you’ve planned, the […]

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Nonviolent communication

Over the last few years, as my Vipassana practice has deepened, I’ve become interested in the way that we humans communicate. Language is one of the many things that make humans the most sophisticated beings on the planet. How we use language essentially determines the quality of our lives. In meditation one begins to realise […]