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How to get the dream life you want in three easy steps

Choose a dream. Figure out how to make it happen. Work hard. Enjoy dream life! That’s the back of a beermat boot-strappers guide. The work that precedes that sequence of action is a little more detailed. In my case, I just spent ten years building a blogging business with my business partner, Tom; working to […]

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The art of surrender

A Dharmic Number In many of the Eastern traditions the number 108 has importance. Buddhists recite mantra 108 times, a mala has 108 beads and in yoga some postures are performed for 108 repetitions. At the beginning of last year I set a strong intention to sit two hours daily. I was successful for 107 […]

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An inspiring journey

Towards the end of the Central Asian leg of my Vietnam to UK bike trip I met a wonderful young woman called Chloe. Sat in a homestay in Samarkand, the Uzbek capital, we were introduced and struck up a conversation. A few days later met again in Bukhara. Cass (Chloe was difficult for locals to […]

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The energy of joy

I sat this morning for my usual hour of Vipassana meditation with a feeling of slight annoyance. I’d snoozed for an hour and that had started the cycle of mind chatter that says ‘you’re late!’. That fraction of a thought that says: ‘you have so much to do today; there’s the swim you’ve planned, the […]

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Nonviolent communication

Over the last few years, as my Vipassana practice has deepened, I’ve become interested in the way that we humans communicate. Language is one of the many things that make humans the most sophisticated beings on the planet. How we use language essentially determines the quality of our lives. In meditation one begins to realise […]

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Empathy vs sympathy

Sympathy says ‘I understand what you’re feeling but that’s separate from me’. Sympathy invites pity. Sympathy leads to imbalance; an attitude of superior position that says, ‘I’m OK, you’re not OK. You have a problem, I don’t’. Sympathy sends a card. Empathy says ‘I feel you, we’re the same’. Empathy invites acceptance. Empathy means equality; […]

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The seven switches

The seven “switches” of happiness: 🧿1. give to your neighbour🧿2. transmit (love & light)🧿3. let go (of things that do not serve you)🧿4. indulge (live life to the fullest)🧿5. give thanks🧿6. give yourself (be of service)🧿7. forgive (yourself and others)

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Snafu

I’m fascinated by language. Etymology is a natural curiosity. I found a new word today: snafu. snafu/snaˈfuː,ˈsnafuː/ INFORMAL • NORTH AMERICAN noun a confused or chaotic state; a mess.“an enormous amount of my time was devoted to untangling snafus” adjective in utter confusion or chaos.“our refrigeration plant is snafu” verb throw (a situation) into chaos.“you […]

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Do the work

The current news cycle is overwhelmed with coverage of protests. The Black Lives Matter movement has found huge momentum around the world. It’s a tipping point. As a white male all I can say is that I’m doing the work. I support the campaign. It’s time for systemic change. My friend Penny made an excellent […]

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Acintya Bheda Bheda Tattva

Way back in the early 2000’s when I was 17 I was a big fan of Kula Shaker. I still am. I’ve no doubt that passing out with a cassette of Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts on repeat into the early hours is in part responsible for me now residing in India. The magic of mantra […]