Three things to take with you into 2019

I respectfully suggest the following three things to increase your experience of equanimity, connection and wellbeing for 2019 and the future. Just Notice: Once upon a time there was a great spiritual teacher famous throughout the world for the peace h …

   


Family Christmas Ho Ho Ho!

“ If you think that you are enlightened, go spend a week with your family”. quote by Krishnamurti The holiday season with Christmas, New year and (“Los Reyes” in the Spanish-speaking world) all together is the time in the year when families get togethe …

   


The bitter-sweet reality of impermanence

Recently my life seems to be mostly aircraft, airports, hotels and taxis.  I love sleeping in my own bed. If Rhea is there also, then it is perfect.  I sat there in the hotel restaurant eating breakfast.  It is with no great pride that I admit that I f …

   


Adventure in Marseille

The best opportunities to practice are often disguised and often feel unpleasant. Two weeks ago I travelled to Aix-en-Provence to work. It turned out to be one of those rare and slightly bizarre trips; everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong; …

   


The Lens of Desire

On a Spring day In 1995 not long after we had moved to live in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, I was driving along the Carretera de Guadarrama in a leisurely fashion, in no hurry but with great curiosity to about the place to which we had recently moved. A …

   


And……They lived happily ever after

I first met Rhea in 1990 when she was my neighbour in Winchester, UK. I invited her to my birthday party.  No one was more surprised than me that we fell in love, moved in together just six weeks later, and were married five months later. I also b …

   


A storm in a tea-cup

Mindlessness – we are told – is the opposite to mindfulness. So what does that mean? What does it mean to be mindless? It means to lose touch with ourselves so much that we don’t even know that we have done so. Mindfulness, in contrast, happens when we …

   


How to deal with unresolved feelings or troubling thoughts that come up in the night?

You awake at night, the fog of sleep lifts and straightaway unresolved feelings or troubling thoughts rise to the surface of your awareness.  You feel uneasy, restless. Your first reaction, understandably, is to push whatever it is away: “I don’t want …

   


Gratitude brings happiness

It is not happiness which brings gratitude; It is gratitude which brings happiness. Amongst the practices and attitudes we can adopt and practice, gratitude is probably the most effective. It might, at first glance, seem soppy or religious. However, sc …