#47_May 2016 – Take a Break

Take a Break. ….before you have to. For some reason holding down two jobs, doing charity work helping small businesses, managing a household and planning an international move was not enough of a signal to clear some space for some inner work. There are times when stretching yourself with multiple challenges leads to great breakthroughs, whether in knowledge, understanding or the sense of wholeness that comes through helping someone else achieve their goals. Other times you may be filling your time, running about being ‘busy busy’ because you are avoiding being with yourself, being quiet; facing the reality of who…

25 Aug 2014 – Playful Joyful Awakening with Nithya Shanti

Nithya Shanti is a spiritual teacher committed to supporting those who wish to awaken their natural wisdom. He has an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur and left a career in corporate strategy to follow his dream of living as a Buddhist monk. For many years he lived and practiced in the remote forest monasteries of South East Asia.  He now shares timeless teachings, and practical wisdom for awakening. He says “The essence of my work is to create spaces based on awareness and presence where people can recognize, share and question their stories together in a playful and lighthearted way.” His…

#11 Jul 2013 – Mindfulness

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Mindfulness Revealing the layers of truth Other than when I’m focusing with total concentration on my PC, my mind tends to wobble around like a plateful of jelly on a stairmaster. So I must say that I found Doug Veenhof’s recent workshop on single pointed concentration  particularly helpful. Today, I re-read last week’s Asian Classics Institute course readings and it struck me that awareness, like an onion, has many layers to it. Even though the text was rationally familiar, it felt like I was reading it for the first time – with much greater clarity and many more “aha!” moments.…

#6 Apr 2013 – Awareness

Watching your world unfold Hello ! My kids already have enough ‘stuff’ so when I travel, I prefer to write them a story instead. After writing this short story, I realised what a metaphor it was for my own life, and how some of the innate wisdom contained in it, was gleaned from my ACI classes. The story centres on a very angry lion who roars at anything that ventures into his patch. Only when he sits down to lick his paws and contemplate ‘MY land, MY lake and MY tree’ does he realize how truly empty and lonely he…