One day, Chuang Tzu was fishing in the Pu river with his bamboo pole enjoying the tranquillity. He was approached by two senior officials from the court of the Prince of Chu who presented him with a formal document containing a message. The Prince wished to appoint Chuang Tzu Prime Minister. Chuang Tzu listened to… Continue reading Which do you choose – Riches or Mud?
If you’re looking for an inspiring novel about spiritual awakening and Zen, then look no further: Addled is the book for you. But don’t take my word for it! A fresh review has just landed on Amazon from Reuben:
“Addled is an absolutely great read, a story written with a great sense of pace and wit which just fizzes along. Zoe Popper, the main character, is a fascinating creation. Her adventures in the esoteric world of Zen and other forms of spirituality are so cleverly told. I find l have come to understand quite a lot about mindfulness without realizing that was happening!
Zoe is a tough-minded, down to earth young woman struggling to make sense of the emotional turmoil that threatens to overwhelm her. Following her as she sets out to find an explanation to her problems and perhaps a solution, her relationship with her musician boyfriend and the truth behind a mysterious guru – is he for real or a figment of her troubled imagination? – all make for an un-put-down-able story. Buy it now. You will be hugely entertained and you might even learn something really interesting about how the human mind works.”
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When we think of meditation, it usually conjures an image of Buddha sitting with a serene smile on his face. But meditation doesn’t always have to be practised sitting down. You can practice moving meditations while doing almost anything: running, dancing, doing the gardening or cleaning, and while exercising or walking. The practices of Tai… Continue reading How to Meditate: Zen Walking
Mindfulness is a form of meditation where you practise being aware of whatever is happening in the present moment without judging or thinking about it. If you’ve been watching your breath, then you’re already practising mindfulness. It’s one of the simplest and most powerful meditation practices because it can be done anywhere and at any… Continue reading How to Meditate: Mindfulness
Another great review for Addled: Adventures of a Reluctant Mystic: an exciting new author:
“Funny yet tragic, inspiring yet disturbing, reminiscent of Kate Atkinson yet a unique style, this book will stay with you long after finishing it.” – Penny P.
Thank you Penny. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the comparison to Kate Atkinson – made my day! I love her books and have always aspired to emulate her style of dark humour.
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Addled: Adventures of a Reluctant Mystic has just hit #10 on the Zen Bestseller list on Amazon.uk. Such an ephemeral pleasure! Here’s the moment captured:
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Addled: Adventures of a Reluctant Mystic is a novel about spiritual awakening for the postmodern era. It follows Zoe Popper for a year in the life of a modern mystic and asks: What would you risk for a glimpse of God? Zoe Popper is a cleaner who walks a lot and thinks too much. She… Continue reading Addled: Spiritual Awakening for Atheists
Jnana is a Sanskrit word that means knowledge, particularly of the spiritual kind. It is used in many different Indian traditions. Jnana isn’t knowledge in the usual cognitive sense, but refers to knowledge embedded in the experience of the true nature of reality. It isn’t something that can be understood with the intellect because it is… Continue reading Spiritual Glossary: Jnana
Addled: Adventures of a Reluctant Mystic is my forthcoming novel about a modern mystic called Zoe Popper. It follows the ups and downs of awakening, and explores the difficulties of the spiritual path in a post-modern world. Addled is a love story for our cynical times, and includes everything from music and cookery to cleaning,… Continue reading Adventures of a Reluctant Mystic
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
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is a collection of stories, parables and utterances designed to inspire and teach the dharma. The stories were collected together by Paul Reps who says of the book: “Old Zen was so fresh it became treasured and remembered. Here are fragments of its skin, flesh, bones, but not its marrow –… Continue reading Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: Book Review
Dateline 2003: It’s Christmas and I am alone again. Another relationship sacrificed to the god of my ego and my self-serving trek up the mystical garden path. Twelve years searching for liberation from my own stupidity, and I’m nowhere. I’ll never understand this. I’ll never be free. Maybe the whole thing is a lie. Maybe Buddha… Continue reading Stop Making Sense