What feeds your soul?

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What feeds your soul?

What feeds your soul?

It’s so easy, especially today, to watch, listen to and read things that provide only temporary gratification.  Or perhaps they provide hardly any gratification at all… they are just habitual.  Things we have become used to ingesting.  Scrolling idly through Facebook, gossip columns or depressing news stories. It’s so easy to do this, and to never evaluate the effect that this unconscious consumption has upon our minds and souls. I realised a while ago that, whilst my natural propensity when choosing a film, for example, is for thrillers, creepy stories or gritty dramas, they generally have quite a negative impact

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These feelings

These feelings

In the softest shades of the night He spoke to me, Of chasing lions from the mountains To the level of the sea, Of curious, frozen fingers Upon aged sycamore trees, Of the feelings he has, But cannot give freely. It has long seemed a wonder to me, How words sputter forth Clouded mysteries, How these fragments of passion Pierce our vitality, Syllables shelled and cracked By the mouths of gluttony. It does little good to wish, I know, as the river runs to the sea In its own good time; but for me, Darkness swims beneath This lush valley

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What to do when you’re dumbfounded

What to do when you’re dumbfounded

Sometimes in life, somebody says or does something that is so ridiculous and factually untrue that it is hard not to dissolve into hysterical laughter, stretch your arms out in a manner that says nothing but a slow and pronounced “WTF?” or become so frenzied and angry that you want to swipe them upside the head and pelt them with your heaviest belongings. Whilst one or two of those options may occasionally be appropriate, none of them seems like a real answer to me.  It is really hard to keep cool and collected enough to deal with the issue when

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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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