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Gratitude for community

Last night I went to a friend’s party. It’s was a lot of fun. Our seasonal community is full of talented, creative, inspirational people. Artists and actors, poets, and performers, DJs and dope fiends, masseurs and madmen, singers, socerers, teachers and parents. We’re a motley crew united by a common desire to live life on […]

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The art of self inquiry

It’s hard to see the hidden parts of self that need our attention. The parts of self that limit our beingness in the world. Our blind spots are just that, blind to our awareness. The practice of self inquiry requires a willingness to look at the uglier parts of self. A willingness to show up […]

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Meeting our own needs

At high school our motto was ‘Know Yourself’. Making the effort to understand who we are pays dividends. It also takes time. The path of self knowledge guides us towards strong personal boundaries. Knowing ourselves enough to learn where those boundaries are means we can act with integrity, truth and decisiveness. It means we can […]

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The Pareto principle

The Pareto principle states that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Apply this principle to an aspect of your life. Maybe you’re training for a marathon. Perhaps you have a project that you’re working on. Even something like improving your flexibility. Twenty percent of your effort will yield eighty percent of […]

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My morning routine for 2020

I have a morning routine. I wrote about it on my cycling blog last year. It’s created the space to be effective even when I’ve traveled. I wake around six. Meditate for an hour. Breathe for twenty minutes then stretch for twenty minutes. I put the kettle on, make my bed then sit on my […]

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Sugarcane juice guy

Sugarcane juice guy is on the job seven days a week. Ten hours a day he’s making juice. Never cracks a smile. Just keeps crushing the cane. It’s an art. The size of the lengths. The way they’re dressed ready for pushing through the machine. The wedges of lime added at just the right moment. […]

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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 […]