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An exercise in patience

Sometimes in India the electricity goes off. It’s occasional, sporadic and unpredictable. Like today. I have a bunch of tasks that can only be performed online. I can’t access any of the information I need and I can’t upload the content I’ve created. It’s frustrating. My working week is optimised to afford the maximum quality […]

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Gratitude for my parents

I wrote the other day about how some aspects of my childhood were a little quirky. Whose wasn’t? On reflection and in the interest of balance, I’m laying down gratitude for my parents. They did a great job. I know I’m loved. I’m living a life less ordainary thanks to thier encouragement, support and hard […]

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Stepping stones

“Leave your stepping stones behind there, something calls for you” Bob Dylan

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Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri is an annual Hindu festival to celebrate the consummation of the Union of Shiva and Parvati. It is also known as the night of the heavenly dance of Lord Shiva. Observances include fasting, yoga, self study and lingam worship. Here in north Goa we marked the occasion with a fabulous community party at […]

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Co-Dependents Anonymous

Yesterday I attended a Co-Dependents Anonymous meeting. CoDA is a twelve step recovery program to help folks enjoy healthy, loving relationships. I knew I had some codependent traits but speaking with the group and working through the materials really helped to highlight my blind spots. We’re all codependent in some form. The extent to which […]

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Almost cut my hair

Sat here in Goa, sun shining, birds singing, breeze blowing, it’s easy to feel like I’m on holiday. This is not a holiday. It’s choice designed to offer opportunity and community in line with my current world view. I live here for winter because I value time and experiences more highly than status and material […]

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Eating the frog

There’s always going to be tasks we don’t like. The little things we resist show up all the time. These jobs need doing. Like life admin; tax returns, taking out the trash and painting the garden fence. It could be a conversation we need to have with a colleague. Maybe it’s a bad habit we’d […]

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Grandpa energy

Yesterday I got called a grandpa. It was a term of endearment used by a friend. I wondered what she meant by that. When I think about my grandparents, three words I would use are: calm, considered and compassionate. I guess I’m channeling the relaxed laid back energy of the elder. I tend to take […]

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A listening ear

There are few real listeners out there. Plenty folks hear the story. Few feel it. When we engage in active listening we invite a spaciousness to our communication that allows for expansion. To open our ears for another is a precious gift. It’s a rare privilege to be really heard. A gentle ear given generously […]

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On commitment to self inquiry

It’s easy to get caught up in our own narrative. Positive feedback loops create an echo chamber for our story to amplify. It’s generally a helpful and beneficial thing. Taking a moment of stillness to hear the words and how they land can lead to a meaningful insight. Renewing our commitment to right speech is […]