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Penultimate

The last but one. It’s a curious thing to be sat here pondering a final note to you, my loyal readers. I’ve just been a walk along the beach in the heat of the midday sun. You know what they say about mad dogs and Englishmen. I spent a good deal of the walk reflecting […]

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240 hours of silence

The BBC World Service has recorded a wonderful documentary about Vipassana. The 27 minute audio includes interviews with old students sharing their experiences of sitting a ten day silent retreat. I loved the gentle reminder that the sangha is there to help and support us should we have need. We are all signposts to the […]

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Five inspirational books about mindfulness that have helped my practice

In this article I’d like to share with you five books about mindfulness that are perfect for beginners. I’m an avid reader. One of the major plus points of living an alternative lifestyle is the psychic space and material time to read. I’ve cultivated a habit that helps me to read on average one book […]

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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 […]

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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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21 Days of Abundance

I recently started Deepak Chopra’s 21 Days of Abundance meditation. I’m a few days in now and I’m finding many benefits to the practice. I’m still figuring out how to report the process; my initial thought is to expand this post each day as the insights appear. Let’s see. There’s a couple of observations I’d […]

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Project plateau

I’m not really in the creative flow today. We’re moving house. It’s hot and humid. And I simply can not. I reached a similar plateau in Vipassana way back. After 107 days of consecutive daily practice I missed two sittings which meant I missed out on the mystic 108. In the case of the meditation […]

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View, conduct and meditation

These terms are often associated with a spiritual path. I’ve encountered them in the past in relation to Vipassana, the meditation technique that I practice. I had a conversation with a friend yesterday about his returning home from living abroad. His list of priorities and requirements on arriving home to the UK after a five […]

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James Thomas Bike travel, breathwork and meditation. Hi! I’m James, an India based expat, originally from the UK. I’m a free lance writer, bike traveler and breathworker.  Since discovering Vipassana meditation five years ago I’ve cultivated the deep belief that the one sure way to solve the worlds challenges is through behavioural change. I’ve become […]