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Interoception

“When we visualise breathing into body areas it is not just visualisation. We know now from neuroanatomy that when we focus our attention on a particular body part & breath into it, the metabolic rate of that body part goes up, there’s greater oxygenation, there’s greater exchange of nutrients & neurological functioning improves.   Bringing […]

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Should’a, would’a, could’a

Regrets in hindsight are a nuisance. Better to act in the moment in good faith and live with the choice. Chances are you’ll feel OK in the end. Like the old saying goes, ‘no use crying over split milk’, save your energy for something more constructive than things that are in the past. Learn the […]

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A new vision for humanity

The earth is changing. Many seers and visionaries are explaining the current pandemic as the beginning of a quantum shift in consciousness. The Coronation is the trigger for the great awakening. As with the great shamanic traditions there will be a purge to remove the negative energies. It may feel at times that the world […]

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Crossing the Rubicon

As a creator of stuff and things, at some point, we have to ship. We may have the best idea on the block, but without the final act of sharing our work with the world, it’s an idea only you know about. Putting work out into the world may seem a big deal and feel […]

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Creative coherence and artistic freedom

There are days when I feel like I’ve got a split personality. The competing desires that I experience become overwhelming. The choices I make are satisfying for a time, ultimately fading in importance when challenged with some new priority. Since learning to meditate I’ve become more forgiving of myself. I know that over the long […]

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The safety myth

Our capacity to solve problems, survive disease and navigate relationships is developed through the experience of failure. Resilience is born of hardship. Health is a consequence of adversity. Contentment is the reward of struggle. Safety is a paradox. There is no such thing. The more we strive for it the greater the opposite is experienced. […]

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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 […]