Sailing – a metaphor for life

The time is five thirty on the morning of August 1st. I am leaving our home in Cantabria to travel to Esbjerg in Denmark, from where, with my brother, I will help sail his yacht across the North Sea to Kent in the South of England. The getting there wi …

   


The importance of feeling wonder

For me, a vital part of my wellbeing is to experience the sensation of wonder. Wonder gives me perspective; it helps to raise my eyes, my awareness. Instead of scratching around like a chicken in the dust of my ego, the experience wonder is to soar lik …

   


3 Ideas to be more in the present moment

Be where you are or before you know it your life will have gone past without you living it- by Geoffrey Molloy. Try this: 1.- When you remember, ask yourself, “Am I in the present moment?” or “Where am I now?” Make asking yourself these questions into …

   


Turn towards or turn away

A sensation of discomfort arises, but before you consciously register your discomfort,  your “autopilot” cuts in and you turn away from the sensation. You turn towards your habitual distractions – distractions we’ve all been conditioned to pursue: work …

   


Notes from this morning’s meditation

The mind initially active, begins to settle. A wrong someone has done to me arises in my thoughts and I see that person’s suffering. I breathe in that person’s suffering and as I breathe out a desire for happiness for that person, so the tightness loos …

   


How do you perceive the passing of time?

We learn to meditate so that we can be more present – more connected to our lives. Nearly all of our training is in the rational mind. We are most used to living with the rational mind and its linear perception of time. We have become quite attached to …

   


The Euphoria trap

What is happiness? A famous Buddhist  saying  goes like this:  “Happiness  (sukkha)  is  that  which  can  be borne with  ease.  Suffering (dukkha) is that which cannot be borne with ease.”  This is about as simple and direct a definition of happiness …

   


The problem with self esteem

Several people have wondered why I insist on the importance of self-compassion over self-esteem. Therefore I share this newsletter I wrote a while back. I recently read an article in the Wall Street journal talking about the death of the self-esteem mo …

   


Learn to disconnect before it’s too late

The world we see outside, the world we have created is simply a reflection, a projection of our inner world. Global warming, corruption, violence, greed, compassion, kindness, forgiveness, love – all of these we first create within us before we manifes …