Of course, even when you see the world as a trap and posit a fundamental separation between liberation of self and transformation of society, you can still feel a compassionate impulse to help its suffering beings.

Do you wake up as I do, having forgotten what it is that hurts or where, until you move? There is a second of consciousness that is clean again. A second that is you, without memory or experience, the animal warm and waking into a brand new world.

I am de-militarizing my mind,
taking down the barbed-wire strand by strand.

There is or was barely a surface unmined
but gently i am digging in the soil to pull them up.

Following the cancellation of the Special Yoga Centre classes due to re-building work, I'm delighted to say we're starting a new eight week evening course at Evolve Wellness Centre in South Kensington.

There's a copy of a text I wrote for a performance piece in 2007 I've just added to the Library.

One of the books that I most enjoyed this summer was Christopher Germer's The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.

Through November, I'm going to be teaching at the new centre at Spa Road.
It's a beautifully renovated Victorian civic library and is now a centre for Buddhist studies, alternative healing, yoga and meditation. We're delighted to be involved.

This is an interesting article by Robert Wright in the New York Times who took a week off from the 'grid' - the Internet, mobile phone, email - while he took a five-day mindfulness retreat. It's thought provoking.

There were - not one, but two articles on the 'nada' sound in this month's London Review of Books.

Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase 'each other'
doesn't make any sense.