HOW A SEAGULL SAVED MY LIFE

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There is no one alive who is Youer than you. – Dr. Seuss. It’s true that transformation and suffering go hand in hand, and this is perhaps why so many spiritual traditions value personal hardship, striving and effort against all odds. To breakthrough we must breakdown. To see the light, our tunnel must collapse. Many years ago as a student …

The Power and Glory (of Children)

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I’m always struck that in the story of the nativity, Jesus Christ, the Saviour, is not born in a palace but in a stable, surrounded by animals and simple shepherds. The King of the World is not an Emperor or politician but a new-born baby. What power could a wailing infant have? Well, he is absolutely innocent and pure because …

NEW YEARS MESSAGE (DO YOUR HOMEWORK)

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We carry within us all of the destruction and violence we see in the world around us. Inside each of us lies a tyrant or dictator waiting to be born. But we also carry within us the new Buddha’s and Christ’s, the future saviours – the hero’s and heroines humanity is waiting for. What we wish to become is alive …

Mental Health, Mindfulness & No-Self

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Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9% of everything you do is for yourself. And there isn’t one. – Wei Wu Wei I was recently introducing a group of Girl Guides to the basics of Mindfulness practice. We sat quietly tracking the breath as it flowed through our nostrils and then whenever we found ourselves distracted, shifted our focus back into …

FREEDOM THROUGH THE BACK-DOOR (A MEDITATION)

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There are two kinds of thoughts, passive and active. Passive thoughts come and go by themselves, can be good, bad or ugly, visual, audio or both. Active thoughts are “I” thoughts. They are thoughts that feel as though we create them and are responsible for them. Examples of “I’ thoughts are “I need that” “I want that” “I have to …

THE MINDFUL EXPERIENCE

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Why do we practice Mindfulness? This is an important question because it seems that we are still very confused about its real goal. So many of us still believe that the aim of Mindfulness or Meditation is to attain a certain experience. A specific, rare, exotic, other-worldly experience, a spiritual experience, something which will shift us from the mundane to …

THE UNIVERSAL FLUSH

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  “‘All conditioned things are impermanent’ When one sees this with wisdom, One turns away from suffering.” – The Buddha To begin the practice of Mindfulness is to begin a brand new way of relating to life. By paying attention to the raw actuality of each given moment, we can begin to see clearly that the weighty story of my …

THE STAR-DUST BODY

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Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. – Rumi. Why do we practice Mindfulness? If our aim is to live more fully in the present moment then there is a surprisingly simple way to achieve this: be in your body, because your body has never left the present moment. The mind drags us into an apparent past …

DIG YOURSELF

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How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? – Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of the Four. I’ve been digging all my life. One of my first loves was archaeology and I would spend hours in the hedgerows next to our house, trowel in hand, digging down through …

KNOWING THE ELEPHANT

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Today’s enlightenment is tomorrow’s mistake. – Zen Saying. I was 29 years old when I had a spiritual awakening so powerful that it made all previous experiences seem meaningless in comparison. It was an irreversible paradigm shift and a radical falling away of everything I had believed about enlightenment. It was not just another interesting experience which a miserable seeker …