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Empathy vs sympathy

Sympathy says ‘I understand what you’re feeling but that’s separate from me’. Sympathy invites pity. Sympathy leads to imbalance; an attitude of superior position that says, ‘I’m OK, you’re not OK. You have a problem, I don’t’. Sympathy sends a card. Empathy says ‘I feel you, we’re the same’. Empathy invites acceptance. Empathy means equality; […]

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The seven switches

The seven “switches” of happiness: 🧿1. give to your neighbour🧿2. transmit (love & light)🧿3. let go (of things that do not serve you)🧿4. indulge (live life to the fullest)🧿5. give thanks🧿6. give yourself (be of service)🧿7. forgive (yourself and others)

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Snafu

I’m fascinated by language. Etymology is a natural curiosity. I found a new word today: snafu. snafu/snaˈfuː,ˈsnafuː/ INFORMAL • NORTH AMERICAN noun a confused or chaotic state; a mess.“an enormous amount of my time was devoted to untangling snafus” adjective in utter confusion or chaos.“our refrigeration plant is snafu” verb throw (a situation) into chaos.“you […]

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Do the work

The current news cycle is overwhelmed with coverage of protests. The Black Lives Matter movement has found huge momentum around the world. It’s a tipping point. As a white male all I can say is that I’m doing the work. I support the campaign. It’s time for systemic change. My friend Penny made an excellent […]

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Acintya Bheda Bheda Tattva

Way back in the early 2000’s when I was 17 I was a big fan of Kula Shaker. I still am. I’ve no doubt that passing out with a cassette of Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts on repeat into the early hours is in part responsible for me now residing in India. The magic of mantra […]

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This too shall pass

Today I wanted to share a parable from the 21 day abundance meditation I’m currently sitting. As an old student of vipassana I’ve noticed synchronicities and karmic threads for a while now. Heightened awareness lends itself to observation of these phenomena. It’s a wonderful gift to experience these moments. Yesterday I had a profound healing […]

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Tend your own garden

India is built on self sufficiency. Gandhi fought for independence under the banner of grow your own. Rural India is awash with smallholdings and market gardens. There’s a freedom that comes with food security. Knowing that there’s crops growing all year round means each family can eat. Our landlord has an impressive market garden. Just […]

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And then came the rains

I couldn’t post the blog yesterday. Rainy season has arrived here in Goa. Coastal areas of Mumbai are currently being evacuated. Cyclone Nisarga, meaning Cosmic, is battering the west coast of southern India. That means infrastructure is creaking; power is out, internet has disappeared and evenings are spent by candlelight. As the reality of this […]

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Taking the next step

Some situations in life bring with them momentum. Once a decision is actioned they set a new direction of travel. It’s just a matter of taking the next step.