Finding the Middle Way Through Metacognitive Attention

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The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence. – Krishnamurti.   I’ll never forget the moment I came across a grainy black and white photograph showing a line of young Jewish women, heads shaven and naked, walking in single file towards the pit where they were about to be executed by their Nazi guards. I was …

How to Be (with yourself)

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  ?????“I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me” – Herman Hesse. Like most new parents I’m continually impressed with the ease at which our three year old boy lives his life. He is absolutely grounded in his body where his feelings and emotions flow without restraint. …

Big Problem.

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“This is a PROBLEM!!!!” we often say, as if the word “Problem” comes with a huge full stop at the end of it. When we have problems they feel real and heavy, fixed and solid. But the next time you feel weighed down by a Problem. just remember that nothing can exist in isolation. Anything which we perceive as problematic …

The Sword of Awareness

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If it’s true that we human beings are the most evolved life-form in the universe then it’s also true that we rarely live up to our own hype. We may believe that we stand far above the ants and dogs but just like them we are deeply conditioned by our genes, biology, upbringing, environment and psychology. Our lives are largely …

Awakening and the Value of Being Disturbed

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Small doubt, small enlightenment, Big doubt, big enlightenment. – Zen Saying. I’ve met many spiritual practitioners recently who have stopped watching the news and reading the papers because they felt it was a negative influence on their lives and worldview. In fact just the other day I saw a Facebook post from a popular Western yoga teacher encouraging people to …

The Intimacy of Freedom

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A couple of years ago I was sitting at home gazing at the statue of Shiva I had bought in Mount Abu when something struck me; this statue was not just a representation of the Hindu God, but a perfect symbol of non-duality. Shiva sits in meditation, a large lotus petal halo encompassing his head. This reveals his divinity, enlightenment …

We are not our thoughts

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Thinking is a function, not an identity. One of the most transformative insights available through mindfulness practice is that thinking is just something the brain does. It’s a natural function like breathing or digesting. When we begin to see that thoughts simply appear and disappear endlessly we stop taking them personally and mistaking them for our identity. Suddenly it makes …

Who am I?

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The spiritual journey collapses in on itself. To make real progress and taste our deeper freedom we must wind our attention back into ourselves, rather than fixing it on the outside world. We must find the centre of the circle and locate the seeker who is seeking, the person who is suffering, the ego which is unenlightened. So often in this …

The End of Bliss

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There’s a huge assumption in spiritual circles that once our practice is going well we should begin experiencing bliss. This is based in idea that the more “spiritually advanced” or “awakened” we become, the more life reveals itself to be an ever-lasting lollipop of happiness, joy and lightness. If we are not experiencing this then something must be wrong. Wrong …

The Joy of Separation

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We may believe that we are separate from the rest of this vast spinning universe, but actually the universe itself has never experienced such a thing. It cannot, because it is a unified whole. Genuine separation – as a findable thing in itself – does not exist. But what does exist is the felt sense, feeling and belief that we …