A couple of weeks ago I'd spent the day working, except I’d spent rather a lot of it walking, from one café to another. I was starting to feel that this wasn’t so efficient when I realised that the walking was the working, those were the most ‘productive’ parts of the day.Read More
If hibernation is a yearly event then incubation needs to be a much more frequent one. I'm imagining a bird fluffing up it's feathers and setting down on it's eggs. But us humans can get in on the act too, not with eggs, but with new ideas.Read More
There are a lot of emotions that arise in the face of suffering. Despair, anxiety, sadness and so on. But with compassion the mind takes the vision of freedom from affliction as it’s object, creating a positive even joyful state.Read More
I notice that in terms of distraction FB is the ‘gateway drug’, it’s pretty innocent, just to have a quick look. But then you are down the rabbit hole of internet prapanca!Read More
Our smart phones have a lot in common with the pull lever slot machine, even the action, ‘pull to refresh’, mirrors that of the gambling machines. Irresistible.
Mm so how could I replace this kind of treat, a break, that is also a bit of a gamble? Where I get something amazing or, I get nothing much.
What's the adult equivalent of 'playing out'? I've been trying to find out. I’m on Cal Newport’s digital detox for the whole of January.
Here's how it's going, so far.Read More
I am temporarily giving up facebook and all social media, online news and using the internet as 'entertainment'. I don't want to give these up forever, but I want to be free of the compulsion.Read More
The essence of empathy seems to be the ability to feel for another, to 'walk a mile in another's shoes'. So is it possible to develop empathy for ourselves? It seems so. Becoming more 'feelable' with haiku writing.Read More
Empathy can be a healing emotion, it consoles us at times of grief or difficulty. Kisa Gotami and Käthe Kollwitz are both consoled by knowing that they are not alone in the loss of their children, not alone in their suffering.Read More
If compassion is about being truly helpful, about relieving suffering, maybe we can say that empathy is an essential support to compassion, because it gives us the information we need to be of help, it gives us an insight into the other person.
We can put ourselves into their shoes.Read More
If compassion is central to dharma practice and empathy is a prerequisite for compassion, then we can train in empathy, and what more enjoyable way of doing that than engaging with art and culture?Read More
When we see that something is made up of parts we see that those parts come together in a certain pattern. But what happens when we take those same parts and create a new pattern? Dharma art mission 09 is a deconstruction.Read More
Samskaras, habits or tendencies, are the process of forming ourselves, as well as the selves we seem to be. So how do we break out of our habits? By remembering that the future starts now, and now, and now!Read More
By changing our perspective new patterns are revealed. Maybe we have a moment of not-knowing ‘what’ something is?Read More
Seeing patterns in the world is a way of looking at emptiness that simultaneously shows us beauty, helping us to ‘lean in’.Read More
This week we are playing with the idea of you and yours, me and mine. What is you? What is yours?Read More