Awakening · Mythology

The Origins of Christmas – Part 1: Pagan Roots

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

Awakening

Myths About 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

Awakening

The Art of Doing Nothing

‘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

Awakening · Buddhism · Spirituality

Spiritual Glossary: Satori

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