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Triggers for compassion

We all have triggers. Certain attitudes, actions and behaviour patterns in others will provoke a reaction. How do we manage this? Is it best to speak up and confront the situation head on? Is better to act swiftly to resolve the disagreement? What if we just sit still and ride it out, observing that the […]

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Working 5 – 9

When I has a regular 9 – 5 career I had a simple daily routine that involved cycling, swimming and yoga either end of the working day (I was training for triathlon at the time). I fitted in the things I was passionate about around my work commitments. This was in addition to working on […]

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Aqua therapy

Every Sunday here in Goa there’s a pool party. The reggae soundtrack fills the day with easy vibes. It’s a relaxing way to welcome in the start of a new week. Having spent a few hours grooving on the dancefloor I felt the call to enjoy the pool. Sat just above the DJ booth, overlooking […]

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A night of adventure

Last night I went to a dinner party for a friend’s 30th. We shared a delicious meal together at a tasty place called Verandah. After dinner I felt the call to explore the local area by motorcycle. I took off on a two wheeled adventure into the night. I saw many things but the two […]

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Beginner’s mind

Beginner’s mind is a state of being that asks for openness, keeness and and lack of preconceptions, even at an advanced level. It’s useful in many situations. It begets humility, learning and growth. It places us into a state of receptivity, emptiness (of the Buddhist kind) and honesty. Whatever you do today, approach it with […]

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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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Crescent moon

Nothing says adventure quite like the thin sliver of a crescent moon smiling down from a black night sky. The cheshire cat grin is both reassuring and exhilarating. It speaks to me of exoticism, far away places and otherness. To feel excitement in the familiar, to recognise oneself from a different perspective, to see a […]

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Om ah hum

I first discovered this mantra at a retreat in Dharamshala. I was sitting to lunch at a table and there was an illustration of a smiling Buddha rubbing his belly. The drawing suggested imagining a tiny Buddha gratefully receiving the food at the top of the heart centre while reciting the mantra in your mind. […]

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Happy, strong and healthy

I did the ice bath again today. I sat for ten minutes. I feel amazing. The Wim Hof Method is pretty awesome. I’d recommend this for anyone that wants to boost their performance. The breath is simple, restorative and uplifting. The ice is intense, exhilarating and deeply meditative. The combination is hard to beat. It’s […]

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Incremental change

There is no Eureka moment. The big breakthrough you’re chasing doesn’t exist. It’s not gonna happen. Real changes takes place incrementally. Bit by bit. Small choice by small choice. It’s easy to look back on significant life events and say ‘this was the thing that changed my life’. But it’s not really like that. Our […]