On the Move: the challenges and benefits of letting go

One of the things I was looking forward to about heading out of London for a while was having to clear out some of my stuff. Although I knew I'd keep a fair amount of it, I also knew I'd be forced to sort through, and shed, some bits and pieces. When I did a … Continue reading On the Move: the challenges and benefits of letting go

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The Place of Generosity: acts and words of kindness on leaving and arriving

A couple of days ago I left the UK for the beginning of a trip of several weeks. It is a trip that I expect to be filled with new places, sounds and sights as well as with yoga, meditation and voluntary work. Time for a taxi Arriving at Gatwick Airport late on Tuesday evening … Continue reading The Place of Generosity: acts and words of kindness on leaving and arriving

Calais: taking heart in hard times

Calais beach Last week I was in Calais. We were a group of sixteen people who'd come together for three days to learn what was possible about the global refugee crisis and the current situation in the northern tip of France. On two of those days we went to the donations warehouse just outside Calais … Continue reading Calais: taking heart in hard times

A Dash of Etymology & A Poem Not Prose: Al-Jalama checkpoint revisited

The other day I posted a piece about my experience of leaving Palestine through a checkpoint in the north of the country. It was an experience that did not compare with any other in my life that I could think of. I found it utterly dehumanising. Yet it's an experience that many thousands of Palestinians … Continue reading A Dash of Etymology & A Poem Not Prose: Al-Jalama checkpoint revisited

A Difficult Exit: leaving Palestine

Palestine and Israel have been prominent in the news again lately and I've been reflecting on how stories are reported, the language used, and of my last visit. At the end of May I left northern Palestine through a checkpoint that I hadn't been through before. I was with my Scottish friend Jane. We were … Continue reading A Difficult Exit: leaving Palestine

Watching The Bees: on meditation retreat in Dartmoor

Recently I spent a week at the High Heathercombe Centre in Dartmoor. I camped overlooking a tor, alongside huge trees; ate deliciously healthy food, and practised old and new meditation techniques. It was a mainly silent seven days, to allow for stillness and insight to more readily arise. Reading and writing were discouraged. Apart from … Continue reading Watching The Bees: on meditation retreat in Dartmoor

Apricot Light: a new poem on rain, trees and other things

I recently went to Dartmoor National Park in Devon for a one week meditation retreat. It was organised by Freely Given Retreats and took place at The High Heathercombe Centre. The teachers were Nathan Glyde and Zohar Lavie who also run 'meditation in action' work retreats with Sanghaseva. Reading, writing, phoning, browsing, typing, talking were all discouraged … Continue reading Apricot Light: a new poem on rain, trees and other things

A Long Day: waking up in Israel, going to bed in Palestine 

One Friday morning recently I woke up in my friend Tomer's apartment in a town outside Tel Aviv. I had arrived from London the evening before and Tomer, who I had met picking olives the previous autumn in Palestine, had kindly picked me up from the airport. One of the first things he told me … Continue reading A Long Day: waking up in Israel, going to bed in Palestine 

Cycling Towards The Sea: freedom of movement

My plan is to post this piece on Thursday 11th May. I'm lucky enough to be going for a bike ride on that day with a friend who's recently returned to London after a few months overseas. Cycling is one of the things we like doing together. We plan a route, briefly disagree about what … Continue reading Cycling Towards The Sea: freedom of movement

Green Spaces, Ecotherapy and Stopping: the benefits of pausing outdoors

I started writing this on the train last week. It was the end of the Easter break and I was travelling through green, green countryside, heading away from Machynlleth in West Wales and back towards the Big Smoke of London Town. It felt like a good time to write about open space, trees, fresh air … Continue reading Green Spaces, Ecotherapy and Stopping: the benefits of pausing outdoors