Quotes

22nd September 2017 - 6.30pm

One of the lovely things about being a teacher for a while is that ex-students pop up in unusual places.

A Buddhist Geek bares it all...

I was listening to my podcasts on the way home from a weekend in Devon. Daniel and I are both avid podcast consumers and I have a bunch downloaded for long car journeys like that.

My reflections on art at Gayles

This was the second of our Mindsprings summer retreats exploring the overlap of marking-marking and meditating.

Isobel, my friend and co-facilitator, makes it very clear that there is a distinction between making marks and making Art.

Why write about experience?

These are the
Silence Islands
where what outsiders
would consider
almost imperceptible
aural amusements
land like coconuts
on the crystalline
hammers and anvils
of the native inhabitants
Theirs is a refinement

Marriage and the Vajrayana...

It feels like the start of term. After our unseasonably early Summer and hot spells, the year seems to have been teased into running a month ahead of itself.

In the Age of Trump, Le Pen and Brexit.

A couple of weeks ago I went to a day-long conference in Brighton hosted by the political journalist, Paul Mason.

  1. Samadhi, the forgotten twin sister of mindfulness practice, is a meditation approach that focuses on spaciousness and steadiness.
or the magic of the bright darkness

It’s been a couple of week’s since I left the Island. And the resonance of what we explored there seems to be growing.

Space has a sense of humour.

Being lost in our storyline is usually boring and fusty-dusty. The ego is characterised by a mirthless and relentless quality. Space is witty and light.

Cultivate the openness

In contrast to yesterday’s feeling of constriction, take time in your meditation practice (lying or sitting down) or at any other quiet moment of the day to drop down into the spaciousness of the lower belly and below if you can.