Our “We Croak” Favourites

The app We Croak sends you a reminder five times a day that you’re going to die. It’s based on the Bhutanese wisdom that contemplating our mortality that many times each day makes us happier individuals. I can say that it works. It also has a very impressive library of quotes. I’m going to keep some of my […]

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The Sacred Space of the Queer Body

This is a transcript of the talk I gave at the “Soul Safari” festival in Brighton in February 2017, talking to the theme “The Sacred Space of the Queer Body”. There is a audio recording of this talk but because of the rather loud heating in the Phil Starr Pavilion it’s quite poor sound quality. […]

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From “The Last Days (Os Últimos Dias)”

And the earth will swallow us. But not yet, not yet. Keep on moving, keep producing and possessing. See some old places, visit some new ones. Feel the cold, the heat, fatigue. Stop for a moment; continue. Discover in your movements unknown forces, connections. The pleasure of stretching; the pleasure of crouching, holding still. Pleasure […]

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Jorge Luis Borges: After a While, you learn

After a while you learn the subtle difference Between holding a hand and chaining a soul, And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning And company doesn’t mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts And presents aren’t promises, And you begin to accept your defeats With your head up and your […]

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Rilke on Acceptance

Letter to a Young Poet We have no reason to harbour any mistrust against our world, for it is not against us. If it has terrors, they are our terrors. If it has abysses, these abysses belong to us. If there are dangers, we must try to love them, and only if we could arrange […]

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Rumi: The Guest House

The Guest House This being human is a guest-house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He […]

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From the Archives: How to Meditate.

This is an essay I wrote almost nine years ago, describing the ins and out of meditaiton. My understanding of Mindfulness practice has evolved considerably from then, but the essay has a certain directness about it!

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Donna Eden’s Five Minute Energy Workout

The Five Minute Energy Workout Adapted from: The Promise of Energy Psychology David Feinstein, Donna Eden, Gary Craig, Penguin: New York 2005 three thumps thump k27 (just below collarbone) this makes sure the meridians are going forwards thump thymus (in the middle of the chest – clutching pearls / Tarzan) activates thymus gland – gets […]

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In liquid of of sound refraining

[This is the text to the performance I created together with Tazul Tajuddin for the Spitalfields Festival in June 2007. It was woven into 25 minutes of astonishing music by Tazul sung by 4 incredible singers – Idliko, Ed, Julian and Fran. I created video that formed a background of different kinds of water – […]

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In Liquid Praise
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Ajahn Succito’s Kalyana

This is one of the seminal works of guidance for practitioners in the Thai Forest school as practiced in the west. Succito is the abbot of Chithurst Monastery in Sussex and these talks are the distillate of the silent meditative tradition as expounded by Ajahn Chah in Thailand. This is a very subtle and complex […]

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