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Attention and appreciation

Attention and appreciation are the cornerstones of a relationship. Whether it’s parent – child / partner – partner / sibling – sibling / friend – friend / teacher – student, attention and appreciation are the lifeblood of a healthy relationship. When we give our attention we share in the moment, we are present, we’re available, […]

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Intermittent fasting

During 2019 I undertook a year of intermittent fasting. My typical routine was 16 – 18 hours of fasting. This meant that I consumed my calorie intake in a 6 – 8 hour window, usually between 11am – 5pm. I also switched to a plant based diet. The menu was pretty simple consisting mainly of […]

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Ho’oponopono

There’s this Hawaiian thing called Hoʻoponopono. It’s a way of asking for reconciliation and forgiveness. I used it recently to repair a friendship. This practice is grounded in acceptance, responsibility, gratitude and love. It’s surprisingly powerful. It goes like this: I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

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Peak experiences

A peak experience as I understand them is a moment of heightened awareness during an activity, typically artistic, athletic or spiritual. Roger Bannister reported a peak experience during the his then record breaking four minute mile. Yesterday, at breakfast, I sat with a Tibetan Dzogchen master for satsang. At lunch I took part in a […]

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Karma yoga

Karma yoga is a devotional practice that connects us with our existence. In the mundanity of household chores such as sweeping the floor we take personal responsibility for ourselves. We make our own bed. We wash dishes. We take out the trash. It is through these actions that we develop our sense of humility. The […]

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On being seen

Showing up can be scary. Especially when we have a little skin in the game. The more we care, the bigger the perceived risk. Many of our little quirks, foibles and whimsy are survival strategies that we’ve cultivated to protect ourselves from being seen. To be seen invites criticism. For some, to be challenged is […]

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Pragmatic philosophy

In Tibet the birth, life and death of the yak represent the cycle of existence pretty clearly. Through the miracle of birth, many dairy products are made available by milking, sustaining human life and feeding the next generation of yak. The life of the yak is revered and celebrated. Often the yak is seen as […]

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Discipline is freedom

This may sound like an oxymoron for some folks, but discipline is freedom. The simplicity of this statement belies the magic of the action that follows. It’s a powerful way to achieve your goals and to optimise the quality of your life. I stole this mantra from Jocko Willink. He knows about getting things done.

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Inspirational Breathing

I did a breath pattern analysis and workshop a couple weeks ago. It has changed everything. As a long time meditator I’ve got a naturally slow, long breath, in-one-two-out-one-two, the kind of breath that puts me three postures behind in a yoga class. Not anymore. I was essentially holding on to the breath. Using the […]

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Making the choice

Our entire experience of realty is processed in this way: Consciousness – everything we can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. Perception – how we interpret these external events. Sensation – how these events feel in the body. Reaction – how our mind and body responds to these stimulus and sensations; with craving or aversion. […]