Thoughts on imagination

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Thoughts on imagination

Thoughts on imagination

For as long as I can remember, I have spent a large portion of my days living in my imagination.  Daydreaming.  Fantasizing.  Thinking.  Creating other worlds, people and scenarios.  In a sense, my imagination gave me a secret world in which, consciously or subconsciously, I was superior to others.  Privy to something they didn’t know or could not access.  Even during social occasions, I would often be fantasizing about someone or someplace else, smiling at the people around me and, perhaps, to them, appearing to engage in perfectly fine conversation, but never truly being there. Discovering the teachings of Eckhart

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Misconceptions about meditation

Misconceptions about meditation

I went on a weekend meditation retreat a little while ago and, without doubt, the most frequent comment I received from colleagues on Monday was: “Oh, it must have been so relaxing!” Well, yes.  And no.   Yes, because I was away from the traffic and noise of London, away from work, away from the constant pinging of technology and away from anybody I knew, just for a couple of nights.  The retreat took place in the countryside so, of course, being able to walk in nature and enjoy the stillness, the peace and the fresh air was relaxing. But

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Don’t stay on the park bench for too long

Don’t stay on the park bench for too long

Like many people, I have read and listened to Eckhart Tolle’s teachings for the past few years, finding them of great benefit to my own life. Yesterday, I listened to a recent radio interview with him on YouTube.  He talked a lot about his early life and experiences, and his responses seemed more personal than before.  I could hear that, while he says he is basically surrendered to the ‘isness’ of each moment, there are still difficulties for him–his sudden fame, busy schedule and lack of time and opportunity to hold one-to-one sessions with individuals.  He also said that he

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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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How to remain mindful on busy days

How to remain mindful on busy days

No matter how busy you are, there is always time to breathe, to be quiet and to regain your connection to the present moment. It’s a constant reminding, a constant re-focusing of your attention.  And it isn’t always easy. You might only achieve it for a few seconds at a time at first, but that’s progress.  It often feels easier to just let our minds run away with us and repeat those same old thoughts, stories and complaints over and over.  Despite the fact that we are sick of them, there is something strangely comforting and familiar about indulging in

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What is acceptance? And why is it so hard?

What is acceptance?  And why is it so hard?

I think that acceptance is one of the hardest concepts to grasp.  And certainly one of the hardest to put into practice. But part of that difficulty arises because we misunderstand what acceptance actually means.  We mistake it for passivity or fatalism or apathy.  We believe that we must fight or struggle against life in order to ‘show it who’s boss.’ Certainly, there is nothing wrong with picking up the reins and guiding your life in the direction you want it to go.  But, as Eckhart Tolle says, “Whatever you resist, persists.” It’s not that you can’t make changes.  It’s

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