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Body beautiful

Body beautiful

“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.”  I love this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh.  It helps me to realise that, whilst the physical form may be superficial and fleeting, it is still precious.  A flower dies within days of blooming, but don’t we enjoy it, celebrate it, nurture it and revere it while it is alive?   With the discovery of a newfound spiritual practice there can be a tendency, as I suggested earlier, to think that it is futile or even arrogant or shallow to take

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What if there were no good and no bad?

What if there were no good and no bad?

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”  — Hamlet At first glance, this idea seems silly.  Of course there are bad things.  Tragic, horrific, terrible things that one would not dare to label as anything else. And then there are wonderful things.  Lucky breaks, opportunities and successes that seem nothing but positive. But Eckhart Tolle, and many Buddhist spiritual teachers, speak a lot on this subject. The idea is not to deny that life has its ups and downs, but simply to point out two things: 1.  That the impact of the event is dependent

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The bottom of the river

The bottom of the river

The journey is not about becoming perfect. As Dr. Brene Brown says, perfectionism is just a shield–a desire to be so faultless that we are above judgement.  It is unrealistic and unattainable.  There will always be mess.  There will always be judgement, no matter what you do. The journey is about realising that you are already enough. It is about stripping away the layers of stuff, mental and physical, that you cling on to.  All of those things you hide behind and self-medicate with. Pema Chodron has an analogy that I return to often. Imagine you, your life, as a

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Wise words

Wise words

Let me preface this by saying that I am in love with words.  I love literature, I enjoy a good chat or discussion and I am a bit obsessed with language in general–names, etymology and learning new words or phrases I hadn’t come across before. However, taking part in an introductory silent retreat this past year opened my eyes to the ways in which we overuse language and how it is possible to communicate well, whilst saying very little. The thought of the silent retreat didn’t particularly worry me.  I was a bit nervous about whether I would just blurt

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