Ignorance or Melting the iceberg of dissociation

The last and final and most powerful agenda of all is not-seeing.

Greed and "self-snugness"

The second great agenda is Greed.

This is the one I had most problems identifying. I could sheepishly get in contact with my inner Nazi, even if it felt grisly to do so, but I could never quite see myself as a greedy, acquisitive person.

Aggression, your inner Genghis Khan

This is the first of a set of three blog posts on the three great agendas that we secretly (or not so secretly) commit to when we let the Ego run things. The first of the three agendas is… Aggression

un-inventing the ego contraption

While we up on Holy Island this month, the retreatants and I were discussing the ludicrous tangles our thinking minds get into.

"You cannot be at your own funeral"

Speaking personally, the 'ego' and everything to do with it was a real turn-off for me previous to this Summer. There was something about the concept about the way it was bandied around by Buddhists that made my mind curdle.

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.

Lessons in compassion

The other day over lunch, Sussex acquaintance of mine - a “shooting, hunting’n’riding” type - was pointing out to me how his hippy and Reiki master brother wouldn’t do anything to help him if he were in trouble whereas the cantankerous, old farmer he hunted with would go out of his way to help

the weird energy of the depths and what to do with it

There was a great podcast from Reggie this week.

Polyvagal theory and why clarinets might help...

There was a madcap article in the New Statesman this week which tried to argue that stress was a hoax dreamed up by the tobacco industry to sell more cigarettes in the 1960s.

A winter experience

I’ve been thinking a lot about stress lately.