How To Be Hit By An Arrow

Mike Kewley Blog Post

It’s that time of the year when everyone seems to be sneezing, coughing and feeling under the weather. How we relate to being ill is a good example of the way we fight life when it suddenly stops doing what we want it to do. We struggle with being ill simply because it’s something we would never choose to experience, …

Dear Friend

Mike Kewley Blog Post

Some years ago when visiting Gandhi’s Ashram just outside of Ahmedabad in India, I found myself facing a framed copy of a letter he had sent to Adolf Hitler asking him to refrain from leading the world in another war. It began “Dear Friend.” Those words were more than just formality and seemed to convey the humanity and inclusive world-view …

Freedom.

Mike Kewley Blog Post

Our practice is simply to stop and rest here and now in the present moment, the only moment there is. Here we surrender and let go of trying to control ourselves and manipulate the universe. We throw away our grand plan whether it’s for wealth, happiness or Enlightenment. Here there is nothing to do, nowhere to get to, no special …

A is for Attention

Mike Kewley Blog Post

This week I discovered that according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, the average attention span of web users in 2015 is just 8.25 seconds. The average attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds. This is something I find alarming considering that we are the most evolved and technologically advanced species on earth. How can this be? Perhaps one …

Be Water, Not Concrete.

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There’s a scene in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid where the two infamous bank robbers – recently arrived in Bolivia and keen to go straight – seek out jobs as bank roll guards at a mining company. Their potential employer, Percy Garris, challenges Sundance to shoot a matchbox lying on the ground some twenty feet away. Sundance …

Walking the Tight-Rope

Mike Kewley Blog Post

Someone asked me today why it was so difficult to practice mindfulness regularly even though they knew it basically maintained their emotional and mental health. If it’s such a nutritious practice, then why is so difficult to sit and follow your breath for 10 minutes every day? One of the reasons is that when you’re practicing being mindful it’s not …

How to Change

Mike Kewley Blog Post

“He who is not busy being born is busy dying” – Bob Dylan. The Christmas period may often seem to be a celebration of shopping, spending and material indulgence, but behind all of the TV, booze and Quality Street lie traditional themes of change, rebirth and transformation. Many of us enter into this spirit of change at the start of …