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 …

Gurdjieff’s Almond Cake

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There is a story I like about the controversial spiritual teacher George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. He was sitting in his favourite Parisian Cafe when a rich English aristocrat approached him and offered him £1000 if he could show her the meaning of life. He took up her challenge and invited a local prostitute to join his table. He offered her some …

THE SILENT SERMON

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Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see. – John Newton. Grace is not a word we generally hear in relationship to Mindfulness practice, but of course it’s here too and accessed by attending to our present moment experience. Within our Mindfulness …

The Dark Side

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If any help was going to arrive to lift me out of my misery, it would come from the dark side of my personality. – Robert Bly   It is an extraordinary paradox that even after decades of meditation there can still be areas of our inner-life which remain untouched by the power of our practice. Meditation is not a …

This is Death

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The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague, Who shall say where the one ends and where the other begins? – Edgar Allen Poe The practice of Mindfulness and the experience of death are intimately linked. We may be using our practice to find a safe place to hide fromemotion, discomfort and fear, but actually …

This is Death

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The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague, Who shall say where the one ends and where the other begins? – Edgar Allen Poe The practice of Mindfulness and the experience of death are intimately linked. We may be using our practice to find a safe place to hide fromemotion, discomfort and fear, but actually …

Are We There Yet?

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Do you want to know what’s in my heart? From the beginning of time Just this! Just this! – Ryokan. The practice of Mindfulness is a wonderful paradox. We train to live in the present moment and yet we never reallyleavethe present moment. We can’t, because there is only the present moment, there is only ‘here and now’. You can …

The Perfect Fairytale

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What in this moment is lacking? -Rinzai One of the best ways to avoid our present moment experience is by refusing to engage with it until it’s perfect. Many of us begin our mindfulness practice with the romantic idea that we can escape the messiness of our lives by diving into an ocean of pristine calm, and unwavering focus. And …

LEAP AND LET LIFE CATCH YOU

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In 2006 I spent three weeks in Mumbai attending the daily satsangs of Ramesh Balsekar, a spiritual guru in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta, and the former translator of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. He would ask us to choose an event during the day which we felt fully responsible for like choosing a dish from a menu, or crossing the busy …