Is the Mind Your Enemy or Your Friend?

The Buddha once asked that very question and the answer he came with is very interesting to those who want to raise their consciousness or understand their own mind. Mindfulness, whether you believe it’s a quick-cash-cow or a serious spiritual business (a contradiction in terms!) is,on the whole, pretty effective. It’s also widely misunderstood as … Continue reading Is the Mind Your Enemy or Your Friend?

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What’s the Opposite of Anxiety?

Anxiety is a modern pandemic. Not because it's in any way new of course - no sane person could possibly think that being a peasant or facing down a bear armed with a stick wasn't a touch stressful - but the way we have learned to use the word; THAT'S new. You feel it in … Continue reading What’s the Opposite of Anxiety?

Be Mindful of the Gap Between Research and Reporting

Mindfulness is one of the most abused terms in the English language at the moment and the massive gap between its study, the media and the claims of some of its practitioners is yawning ever more widely. The Financial Times today runs this article that confidently proclaims that Mindfulness at work is not quite what … Continue reading Be Mindful of the Gap Between Research and Reporting

The Hiding of the Secret

All the way back at the dawn of time, the gods came together to review their latest creation. And they weren't all happy; not in the least “This ‘human’ is an entertaining sort,” said one, “I do like their spirit...” “Indeed,” said laughed another “nothing seems to stop their exploration of the world we have … Continue reading The Hiding of the Secret

The Guru and the Flood

Here’s a little story about the dangers of believing too strongly in your own myth. In India there is a special kind of teacher called a guru. He isn't an ordinary teacher, not by any means; he doesn't use chalk, ask funny questions or tell you to stop chewing, shut up and sit at your … Continue reading The Guru and the Flood