What will you be doing this Thanksgiving? In a world of gratitude this is the best time of year. A time of mellow fruitfulness and harvest festivals. The barns are filled with food and we relax into the warm fire glow of dark cosy evenings. This was always the time of story telling and craft… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving
We spend a third of our lives doing it. Napoleon, Florence Nightingale and Margaret Thatcher got by on four hours a night. Thomas Edison claimed it was waste of time. So why do we sleep and what happens every time we get a bit of shut eye?
It is Sunday morning I am in bed reading the Guardian on my IPad, I opened the page about a new discovery and this picture hit me with a bang, it was as though I knew the person in the picture. I have always been fascinated by eyes and looking into them, discovering hidden messages… Continue reading What do you learn from those you meet?
What does it take to make you happy? I have been away from the world for my ten day silent meditation retreat. That for me created a wonderful sense of happiness and joy, quite euphoric really. The silence of ten days begins with apprehension, moves to fascinated interest, and then the real work begins as… Continue reading A Two Week Experiment in Happiness
Well today is Wednesday and I am perched on the diving board getting ready to jump into my mind. I decided that I would need to finish off some work before I go, so I visited one of the factories, I have seen a couple of clients and then Rie picked me up, car loaded… Continue reading Deep mind diving
There are two words in the English language that make me smile. The first is ‘Inspiration’ that we use to mean when we get that flash of genius that solves a problem or creates a wonderful work of art or a scientific breakthrough and so on. The second is ‘Respiration” that we use to describe… Continue reading Why Meditate 4 – Breathing
Today is New Year in the Chinese system, it will mark the beginning of the one year in 12 presided over by a mythical creature – the dragon. To the western mind, the dragon was always something to be feared, the fear of dragons living at the edge of the world, “there be dragons”. Though… Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year – The Year of the Dragon
Our collective psyche is filled with the idea that one thing follows another; when someone dies and then a baby is born, we see it as an ending and a beginning. We say things like, “when one door closes, another one opens”. The magical idea of endings and beginnings is with us throughout life. In… Continue reading New Beginnings Require Endings
Following the darkness of winter, that has its depth at the winter solstice and the longest night, comes the lightening, as the days draw out. This sense of the light coming to dispel the darkness has been ever present in the psychological cycle of the year. The festivals of Solstice (Yuletide), originally the three days… Continue reading And then there was light, and William arrived
The winter solstice, December 21, is the longest night and the shortest day of the year. After that, the days begin to draw out again, the nights get shorter and the world becomes lighter all around. I often see the parallels between nature and our experience of life. The idea that, in life, we have… Continue reading The Darkest Night