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tips

19, August 2016

Don’t be absurd – 3 tips to practical sanity

So in an absurd world how do we stay realistic without going mad or becoming overburdened with cynicism?
We remember what is always true.

11, November 2015

Nanowrimo and the risks of research

‘Stretch goals’ we used to call them, when was that? The 90s maybe, then ‘audacious’ goals and then goals somewhere along the line morphed into either challenges or indicators – depending on if you get paid for delivering them. Nanowrimo is a challenge that stretches what you think might be possible for you to achieve withinRead More …

30, October 2015

Buried stories – digging in nanowrimo

Creative writing is an act of faith. It is, of course, also a process and work and I will be taking my own advice in those regards but none of that can happen without the trust that inspiration will come. Do you believe in your muse? Do you have a creative faith that you canRead More …

8, May 2015

Promise of puppies

You’re not being heartless or immature to want to be able to smile in the midst of hardship. You’re giving yourself care and re-affirming the context and values that you have decided to embody. If a picture of a puppy or a kitten helps you stay on track then why would you deny yourself?

10, April 2015

The Gatsby Sutra

[Translation of lectures held over this last week by Zen master Gatsby.] All life is ancient in origin, all origin is in life. The master of life remembers the origin, source. Eat when hungry, nap in the breaks, love always. Respect follows on from compassion. Each has a place. All beings have meaning. Be grateful.Read More …

27, March 2015

Ask and accept

Our culture venerates heroes. The cult of the individual, of the “self-made man” and “supermom” those who seem to have endless amounts of time and energy to be focussed, ‘together’ and successful. They battle uneven odds, villains, entropy and all manner of hurdles to win out at the end. Those stereotypes make it hard for normal people like us to feel adequate, to feel ok about wanting someone to help us.

6, March 2015

Relighting your candle

Do you feel that your flame is flickering?  This week we’ll take a look at relighting your candle. Here are five simple things you can do to help yourself get through tough times. Just so we’re all clear, if you find yourself fantasising about or indeed planning hurting people (including yourself) (either physically or emotionally)Read More …

13, February 2015

Taking a bath

The little mental break it gives us helps to create a useful pause before responding to any situation. In that pause we can review our emotional and intellectual states, check in on our five circles and double-check that we’re not about to perpetuate something we’ve been working at forgiving. Sounds like a lot to cover but with practise you’ll be doing all that during one deep, slow inhalation.

6, February 2015

The Time for Forgiveness is now

If we want change or growth in our lives it starts with the forgiveness of who were or what we did in the past so that we can heal from the wounds we’re carrying. Don’t wait for divine intervention to make the most of now. Begin the process yourself with forgiveness and healing will follow.

17, October 2014

The secret word is revealed

Imagine you knew something that defused nearly everything in your world that was stressful. That would be amazing, wouldn’t it? Today we’ll reveal it. We’ll take a little pause from our series of explorations for a very important aside. There’s something we should have said at the beginning, it is part of the social contractRead More …