Free Your Pen · Writing

Buddhist Writing Prompt: Have A Single Intention

Have a Single Intention is about remembering why you’re training your mind in meditation and compassion. The original lojong slogan is: All activities should be done with one intention. This intention is what underlies all your feelings, thoughts, and behaviour through the day. No matter what you’re doing, look at what’s going on in the… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Have A Single Intention

Astro Journal · Mythology

The Mythology Behind the Zodiac: Aries Myths

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and marks the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere. This is the start of the astrological New Year, so what better time to begin a new series on the myths behind the zodiac. Aries – as cardinal fire – is all about new beginnings. Aries is a… Continue reading The Mythology Behind the Zodiac: Aries Myths

Free Your Pen · Writing

Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Profit From Another’s Loss

Don’t Profit From Another’s Loss is about not exploiting others in order to make yourself happy or successful. The original lojong slogan is: Don’t seek others’ pain as the limbs of your own happiness, which means you should avoid seeking to gain from the loss and suffering of others. This slogan can be hard to… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Profit From Another’s Loss

Astro Journal

A Guide to Stealing Fire during Mercury Retrograde

Mercury retrograde has a reputation for sticking a spanner in the works and messing things up. He gets the blame for accidents, mistakes, lost items and communication meltdowns, but it’s not his fault! It’s you who loses your phone, misses the train, and chooses to send misguided text messages, not Mercury. The planets don’t cause… Continue reading A Guide to Stealing Fire during Mercury Retrograde

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Make Gods into Demons

Don’t Make Gods into Demons is about not using spiritual teachings and practices to feed your ego. The original lojong slogan is the same and it means don’t take something good and turn it into something bad. Don’t take the best things in your life and turn them into the worst by abusing them or… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Make Gods into Demons

Apocalypse

Active Hope and How You Can Change the World (Yes, You!)

Last time we looked at how to imagine different futures, so now we need to bring it down to earth and actually put some of these ideas into practice. There’s no point reading a book like Active Hope and then not doing anything – the clue is in the title, after all! When Saturn moved… Continue reading Active Hope and How You Can Change the World (Yes, You!)

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Be Sneaky

Don’t Be Sneaky is about being honest with yourself about your real motives and not doing things just to get something out of it for yourself. The original lojong slogan is: Don’t act with a twist. When you act with a twist you have an ulterior motive. The ego does this because it feels insecure… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Be Sneaky