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The Rabbit

“Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not...

The Sea of Merit

Trawling YouTube one evening, I came across some advice for insomnia from a Buddhist monk. By making a list of my good deeds before I...

Lost in Translation

The life of expression is the tuning fork by which we find our way to the sacred. - Mark Nepo I like to talk. I like to express. I...

The Heart

Yoga is not about standing on your head. It’s about standing in your heart. - Senior yoga teacher at KYM Standing in my heart....

Stupidity

Human beings are stupid. I remember a wise man once saying that, if he sees someone about to fall into a “ditch” in their life, he will...

Be

As I sit down to write this week’s blog post, it feels like forever since I last put metaphorical pen to paper. As I sit and stop, I...

Piglets on the Farm

I feel like an old curmudgeon this morning. I’d woken up early to finish my various morning practices, before heading to the farm with...

The Harmonium

When I joined secondary school, we used to sing hymns every morning. It was the best part of my day. I wanted to sing. When I asked to...

Time and Tide

“Mummy, in the olden days, what were dolls made of?” “What exactly do you mean by the “olden days”, darling?” “The 90s.” … Am I that old?...

Carrots

Once upon a time. I remember my dad coming home from work, very proud of himself. He announced that he had discovered a new way to lose...

Monsters

One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and...

A Little Altitude

Fight, flight, freeze, fawn - the stress response. It’s our caveman hardwiring to get us out of a tricky situation (namely a lion chasing...

Superheroes and Sacrifices

Sacrifice: to give up what no longer works in order to stay close to what is sacred. - Mark Nepo When I decided to kickstart my...

Falling in Love - Part 3

After the first two parts of this trilogy, I received a lovely email from a water engineer in Nanyuki. He talked about how excited he...

Apples and Oranges

All my life, I thought I was an orange. Today, I found out I was an apple. In the last few years, the hints have been there. Good friends...

Sailing

Today, in the spirit of trying new things for 2021, I hugged a tree. (It was a guava tree.) Reasonably smooth, exactly the right shape...

Hypocrites

The other day, someone called me a hypocrite. It really hurt. I like to think of myself as someone who is honest and authentic, and...

Twenty Years

Imagine you are Aladdin. You rescue the magic lamp and when you finally rub it, the genie that appears isn’t interested in granting you...

Success!

If you let go a little, you’ll find a little peace. If you let go a lot, you’ll find a lot of peace. If you let go absolutely, you find...

Hot Showers

When I go to India for my various yoga-related studies, I usually stay somewhere pretty basic. Given that I’m out all day and all I need...