Christmas is a time to feast and make merry, to gather the family and exchange gifts, sing wonky carols, and get so drunk you forget your own name. You decorate an unfortunate tree that’s been dragged inside your centrally heated home, send greetings cards to people you spend the entire year avoiding, lie to your… Continue reading The Origins of Christmas – Part 1: Pagan Roots
“The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly coloured and it’s very loud and… Continue reading Life Is Just A Ride
After a rough night and too many nightmares to count, I dragged myself downstairs to find the kettle and get some caffeine pulsing through my system, but instead found this – and it changed my outlook in a snap! So I wanted to share it with you… From Happiness is a State of Mind by… Continue reading Today can be a happy day!
“You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen, —the seven masks I have fashioned and worn in seven lives, —I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting, “Thieves, thieves, the cursed… Continue reading How I became a madman…
After busting some enlightenment myths, I thought I should look at what enlightenment actually is, with the rather obvious disclaimer: I’m not enlightened, although I am working on it… maybe in the next life! The first thing to say is that it isn’t possible to say what enlightenment reveals. The true nature of reality is… Continue reading What Is Enlightenment?
What comes to mind when you think of enlightenment? Saints glowing with divine radiance? Gurus with unfeasibly long beards chanting incomprehensible mantras? Endless do-gooding and lots of smiling? Floating on a cloud of bliss while dispensing otherworldly wisdom? Enlightenment is often seen as a one-off event that changes your life forever. Darkness is banished and… Continue reading Myths About Enlightenment
‘Where are we going?’ said Pooh, hurrying after him, and wondering whether it was to be an Explore or a What-shall-I-do-about-you-know-what. ‘Nowhere,’ said Christopher Robin. So they began going there, and after they had walked a little way Christopher Robin said: ‘What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?’ ‘Well, said Pooh, ‘what… Continue reading The Art of Doing Nothing
On my desk I have one of my favourite quotes from the great philosopher Winnie the Pooh. It reminds me there are many ways to see things and to focus on the positive: The wind was against them now, and Piglet’s ears streamed behind him like banners as he fought his way along, and it… Continue reading Pooh Does Positive Thinking
Moksha is a Sanskrit word meaning liberation or release from illusion. It is freedom from the cycle of birth and death, or samsara. Moksha is achieved through the identification of your true Self or the true nature of reality, and can be gained through many different practices or paths, such as devotion or service to… Continue reading Spiritual Glossary: Moksha
Nirvana is Sanskrit and means to be extinguished or to blow out (as in blowing out a candle). It’s often interpreted to mean blowing out the flame of illusion, or the self. In Pali nirvana is spelt nibbana. Hinduism and Jainism also talk of nirvana as the state of moksha. Nirvana means freedom from suffering.… Continue reading Spiritual Glossary: Nirvana
Satori is the Japanese term used in Zen Buddhism to refer to awakening and the realisation of the true nature of the self, or Buddha nature. It is sometimes also called Kensho, where ken means ‘seeing’ and sho means ‘nature’ or ‘essence’. Kensho is generally understood to be your first experience of realisation and is often a tiny glimpse of Buddha… Continue reading Spiritual Glossary: Satori