Yesterday I buried a friend. Today I saw a man who was broken, wretched, confused and reeking of insanitary hells and death, who had been thrown out of a car outside the meeting. I feel intensely moved to write about recovery, in the hope that someone somewhere may find some small hope or inspiration in these words. Continue reading On Recovery – Hope and Inspiration
It’s the perfect time to reflect on the year, now we are past the frenetic Christmas rush. Many people are off work this week and have some time to pause, take stock, and plot a new course.
Like a ship in port, sometimes we need to look at what cargo we are carrying, and work out what we would like to add to our inventory. We may need to make physical repairs, cosmetic improvements, or perhaps there is inner work to be done. Perhaps the engine needs greasing, or the mind needs cleaning, maybe motivation needs stoking and maps pored over, to plot new and exciting journeys. Continue reading New Year – Resolutions, Reflections, and Random Acts of Kindness
These corporations who seem so powerful are not mythic monsters, they are merely conditioned arisings. Phenomena that come to be and must by their birth and growth decay and die.
All things are like this, they are impermanent, they lack any solidity. If one by one we stop believing that getting things is the key to happiness. If we stop buying from them, then corporations will turn to dust before our eyes.
Even if they have governments and nations in their pockets, even if they own the police and the armies, their reign is but a flash of lightning in the night sky. Storms pass and dawns come.
They are not evil, they simply exist due to greed and cause further greed. Once our vision is wider than little greed, the conditions that create them will simply no longer be there.
In Buddhism greed, hatred and delusion are the demons. Only by wisdom and compassion can these demons be turned. Their time has passed. Now is the time for liberation. Now is the time to remember what is beautiful.
Even greed is conditioned, even hate, even selfishness, even foolishness. They too, can be turned to ash by the fires of transformation. One day this time of war and greed and destruction will be but a memory used to teach and inspire children, so that it may never return.
So embrace change, for change is what will cause a better world. Your change.
Everything that lives is holy
Change is coming. If you become still and listen, it is whispering. Resonating with life, overwhelming beauty. Set the intention to listen, to be guided by music which may be barely audible, but may be driving your dance in this world. Continue reading Hearing The Song of Awakening
We all compare ourselves to others, indeed, the people we know are usually the yardstick against which we measure ourselves. Whether our priorities are looking good, being wealthy, being kind, or being happy, we can all find people if not in our direct contact, in the eye of the media, to whom we find it hard to measure up.
I am reminded of the gap between what the artist can see in his mind, and what he is capable of producing. There is often the same gap in terms of who we are, and who we want to be. Continue reading Beat Yourself Up? Parameters, Neuroplasticity and The Fire
In meditation recently and out, I have been noticing some regret, a colouring of my experience through looking back. Comparing where I am at to where I was, the opportunities I had, and failed to grasp.Regret that I let things slide, that I put on weight, or had that relapse. Regretting change. Continue reading Regret – Times Gone, Loss, Change and Letting Go into the New
Once upon a time I was in rehab, for alcohol mainly, and I was having an awful time. Life was as dark as it could get, and to be frank I wanted out. My girlfriend of the time had broken up with me, I had no job any more, and didn’t actually own a single key. I was homeless at 26, and as my parents would no longer put up with me, I had nowhere left to turn. Continue reading When Life Seems Dark – Stormy Weather and the Sun