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 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

Responding to The Age of Anger: at the LSE and on the bus

"Give it time...re-build trust". This was part of Pankaj Mishra's response to a member of the audience on Tuesday night when asked what we can do to stem the global tide of hatred and nationalism. Mishra had been talking with journalist Nesrine Malik at one of the early events of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival about his … Continue reading Responding to The Age of Anger: at the LSE and on the bus