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When We Unpin Our Hopes

When We Unpin Our Hopes

Jul 12 2021

Last month I finished the Zen Leader series, a three-year journey that has honestly changed the fabric of who I am.

Constant Change

Constant Change

Jun 14 2021

It’s not surprising in an environment where almost everything around us is changing nearly constantly, that our species is so attached to keeping things the same.

Suffering and Healing

Suffering and Healing

May 14 2021

It seems that wherever we turn, we are confronted by a world in disintegration, with little rationality or compassion.

Suddenly There’s Nowhere to Hide

Suddenly There’s Nowhere to Hide

Apr 19 2021

The first 6 months of self-employment have been interesting, revealing. As a one-man-band selling your own time, there’s nowhere to hide.

How You’re Like Lake Geneva – And Not

How You’re Like Lake Geneva – And Not

Apr 02 2021

An image we sometimes use in Zen training is likening our mind to a body of water. When calm and quiet, it reflects the conditions around it clearly; when stirred up and turbulent, it distorts everything.

Don’t tell me to be patient!

Don’t tell me to be patient!

Mar 22 2021

In essence, patience is the ability to tolerate discomfort. It’s a useful skill, and one that is being put to the test right now: a full year into a pandemic.

Sitting with Myself

Sitting with Myself

Mar 05 2021

In my Zen training over the last couple of weeks, I have begun to notice a divide that exists between me (my ego), putting ‘me’ at the center of the result, against a more profound sense of self (my true nature) which sees the issue with radical honesty.

The Stream

The Stream

Feb 22 2021

I have been struggling with zazen recently. While I am still sitting, my real meditation these days is to visit a stream near my house nearly every day.

The Labels That Stoke Conflict

The Labels That Stoke Conflict

Feb 08 2021

Since my last blog post, where I stated, ‘I’m not a morning person’ I’ve been trying to let go of the labels I’ve gathered and glued firmly to myself over the years. It’s taken me time to realise how unhelpful they are and this new blog post was supposed to focus on this very topic.