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Wokeism

In the yawning chasm rendered though the fabric of society in the wake of disillusionment with redemptive religion, consumerism filled the void with a vacuous promise; happiness can be bought. The cultural firestorms that we are seeing fill our news feeds and social media channels are the result of a generation bereft of something meaningful […]

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Doing stuff and making things happen

Excuses are cute. They’re easy. Perfect for those lazy days when you talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. You either do the thing or don’t do the thing. Complaining about the next man because he got his shit together and did the thing is no way to live. Step up, lean in and […]

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An Indian perspective

Mumbai is India’s biggest city and consequently has been the most affected by the pandemic. The city’s slums are home to nearly 7 million people – almost the same population as the entire of Greater London, and ten times more densely packed than Manhattan. A recent study found that more than half of the slum […]

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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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Honing your inner sense maker

People, generally speaking, are pretty unconscious. Until that changes, you can’t rely on the collective for a clear idea of what matters and what’s going on in the world. The group mind lacks both wisdom and intelligence. This is true of literally all groups and factions. You’ve got to figure it out on your own, […]

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Running is so simple

I get the semi-rad email every week. It’s a light hearted meander through adventure and life. I loved this week in particular: Running is so simple.

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Is it helpful?

As the world burns with division in the wake of the covid pandemic it’s increasingly challenging to find common ground. Opinions of the subjects at hand run deep, emotionally speaking, they’re big topics that folks are unlikely to move on simply with plain logic. Truth is subjective. Humans are emotional, irrational and biased. This means […]

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We learn by doing

When I started this project to blog everyday for a year I had little idea of what I would write about beyond the first few weeks. I knew that I’d focus on mindfulness and how that worked in my daily life. But it was more a guiding principal than a plan. Plans are useful for […]

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Toeing the line

Way back at the beginning of the lockdown I was pretty outraged. I felt that the way the covid story was playing out in the media was deceitful. I felt that the government were playing us for fools. The facts did not match the warnings. The hype was exaggerated and there we so many inconsistencies. […]

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Email fatigue

I read a bunch of daily emails. I get a lot of spam too. If I don’t keep on top of them, I become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information in my inbox. A week off and I’m swamped. It happens sporadically that my attention drifts elsewhere. I go off into nature or spend […]