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Mögu & My Problem with Teachers

Holy Island Mindsprings Winter Retreat Blog

The need to be a ‘know-it-all’ I have a problem with teachers.  When I was little  – for various reasons I won’t bore you with – I always felt that I had to know the answer before the question was asked. The possibility of being wrong or not being ‘perfect’ was a big problem for […]

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Wordsworth’s Prelude: Stealing a Boat on Derwent Water

Wordsworth is a key figure in Reggie’s understanding of dharma. Strange that a 19th Century Cumbrian poet should feature so strongly in a 20th Century American Buddhist scholar’s worldview but he does.  I studied Wordsworth’s autobiographical poem, ‘The Prelude’, at school and was always struck by some of his childhood recollections of moments of sublime […]

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From Retreat 2019: Winter on the Island

Friends whispered that Winter on the Island was the most magical  I’ve been going to Holy Island for almost two decades – sometimes twice or three times a year. But until this January I had never been there in the Winter.  Most of the Mindsprings retreats take place in the Summer and Autumn when vivid-green […]

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Ben the Protector Dog

the sweetest, fondest, brightest dog I’ve ever had Ok, so we have a dog. A puppy. A 40kg puppy.  My husband promised that our Spanish rescue was a small boy, the little one of the litter and probably wouldn’t be any bigger than 35kg full grown.  When he hopped out of the transport van that […]

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Happy Year of the Earth Sow!

Sitting in the winter garden with a head cold I am planning to write a set of blog posts about my 2 week retreat on Holy Island this winter, but I thought I’d ease myself back into writing and using my left-brain with something more embodied and immediate. My husband and I both have terrific […]

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SMELLING SALTS #4: Viktor Frankl

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies all our growth and freedom. VICTOR FRANKL

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SMELLING SALTS #3: James Baldwin

People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead. JAMES BALDWIN

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Leaving the Toddler Mind at the Porch of the Church

An art historian with a spooky and potentially kinky relationship I was just reading a lovely article by the New York composer Nico Muhly in the London Review of Books. He was describing his method of composition – which seems to involve a dizzying array of folders and layers and copies and projects which he […]

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