Urizen & le Train-Train


I spend most of yesterday having cups of tea and meals with different people, talking about the desire to break free of the humdrum patterns of life and the hypnotic compulsion of ‘to-do’ lists. How to unwind the daily grind – what the French concisely call “le train-train”. It’s only three weeks since I came […]

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Words have loyalties to so much we don’t control. Each word we write rights itself according to poles we can’t see; think of magnetic compulsion or an equal stringency. It’s hard for us to imagine how small a part we play in holding up the the tall spires we believe our minds erect. Then North […]

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Kay Ryan #2


The first fear being drowning, the ship’s first shape was a raft, which was hard to unflatten after that didn’t happen. It’s awkward to have to do one’s planning in extremis in the early years — so hard to hide later: sleekening the hull, making things more gracious KAY RYAN: We’re building the ship as […]

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Kay Ryan #1

Imagine a train-track figure made of sliver over sliver of between-car vision, each slice too brief to add detail or deepen: that could be a hat if it’s a person if it’s a person if it’s a person. Just the same scant information timed to supplant the same scant information. KAY RYAN, Train-Track Figure I […]

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On bodies, bloody flip-flops and Greek Gravel


I have been reading Matthew Crawford’s brilliant book The World Beyond Your Head which has really inspired me. Like Alva Noë’s Out of Our Heads it comes from a field of embodied neuroscience that is producing some of the most interesting contemporary thinking around consciousness and how it arises. In essence, these writers and researchers […]

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Beingfulness and the Common Spaces


The simple musical score of moving around in a world. The put-put of my feet on the kitchen lino, moving a pot here and there. Cracking eggs, stirring a pan. The ache in the arches of my feet – almost like the bruise of the earth entering from below, rising up soil-like through my ankles […]

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“The Internet 2.0 is making us psychotic”. Discuss, while walking


It’s the first morning home and my feet are remarkably spry. Perhaps it’s the constancy of walking long-distance that finally wins the body over: “Ah, well, if this is the way it’s going to be, let’s just fall in line. After all it is only walking.” The brain, slowly, spacily, falls back into body. Winchester […]

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“Dangerous Mindfulness”:

A couple of participants have forwarded me articles connected to Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm’s book ‘The Buddha Pill: Can meditation change you?”. I haven’t read the book but looked over the article in the Independent and the slide-show published to publicise the book. In essence, Farias and Wikholm seem to be asking for a […]

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We had a really interesting weekend at Spa Road looking at the impact of the Internet – especially social media – on our mindfulness. And one of the participants pointed me to these great pics… Please enjoy and squirm as I did. I particularly liked the “Y-y-y-yes Master!” one…

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Share, share, share


I decided to run a course looking at the impact of internet-use on our mindfulness and it’s led to lots of interesting conversations and reading on the subject. I’ve been forced to think a bit more about how there is a connection between our ‘urge’ to share and the Internet’s need for us to share. […]

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