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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. […]

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Full Moon Ritual

Tonight is a Wolf moon and a lunar eclipse. A significantly magical way to welcome in the new decade. An opportunity to set intentions for the year to come. Personally, around full moon I experience a natural purge accompanied by a surge of energy and focus. I’m pisces and live by the sea so feel […]

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The hook of habit

In the front zipper of my day pack there’s a little plastic hook. I use it as a memorable safe place to store my keys. Each time I turn off the engine I immediately place the keys on the hook. This simple act is bound with efficiencies. 1. I know the keys are safe, so […]

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Boredom in paradise

There’s great learning in boredom. It gives us the opportunity to feel the spaciousness of time, to embrace the nothingness of each moment, to have gratitude for our existence. Even the sublime can become routine. And as a great mind once said, routine used intelligently is a sign of ambition. So it is with boredom. […]

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Self care 101

On an airplane, before we help others, we have to put on our own mask first. In ordainary life, many often choose to help others first, as a way of distracting from meeting their own needs. Self inquiry can be challenging, painful even traumatic. Embracing our shadow is hard. It’s a side of ourselves we’d […]

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The struggle for meaning

Once upon a time it was a struggle to survive. We had to find food daily, protect ourselves from wild beasts and sleep tentatively in the cave hoping that morning would come peacefully. For many across the planet the struggle for survival is no longer physical. We live in an age of great abundance. There […]

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Shift your perspective

Reality shifts depending on your perspective. Any given situation can be turned on its head, flipped over, spun around. Truth is subjective. Attachment to your perspective is what determines the quality of your experiences. Like my grandfather and Winston Churchill used to say: “a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity and an optimist sees […]

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Karmic action

The impact of karma depends on your understanding of how things work and what you believe. It’s personal. Your experience of reality will be determined by the actions that you take. Karma will reinforce this belief system. This creates a self-fulfilling loop. Choose wisely.