Weekend Read and Listen and Eat – Autumn Bounty and Alan Watts on The Power of Living Your Dreams

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Apple and Blackberry Cake (Image Courtesty of Anula’s Kitchen)

The English obsession with the weather is something of of a standing joke.
Wherever us British natives travel in the world, however halting our attempts to communicate, very often when our nationality is confirmed, the conversation changes to the weather, to descriptions of a country enveloped in Victorian London smog with grey, rain washed pavements and long days spent sitting forlorn staring through raindrop smeared glass.

Being woken this morning by the insistent thrum of heavy rain, it’s a reminder that summer is waning, giving way to Autumn. The hedges are thick with blackberries and there’s a certain joy in hunting out the waterproofs, collecting logs and starting to prepare for winter, cooking and eating with friends and slowing down after the frantic excitement of the Summer Holidays.

The weekend is a precious time – and a reminder  that in slowing down a notch or two, it’s possible for even the most mundane trip to become something of an adventure Continue reading

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Weekend Read and Listen: Why Life Is Not a Journey

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The wry, wise humour of British Philosopher  Alan Watts shines bright in this short film on the fruitlessness of striving to “get somewhere” and the beauty to be found in experiencing life as a dance rather than a race or a competition. Continue reading

Lunar Reflection – Love is Being There

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The Hive – Wolfgang Buttress

 

It’s interesting to notice that the stereotypical US military hero – he of the Top Gun aviator shades and sharp, preppy haircut, almost always has his eyes covered. Continue reading

Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives

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Compton Bay Isle of Wight

“Despite the well-documented effects of anger, fear, and anxiety on the ability to reason, many programs continue to ignore the need to engage the safety system of the brain before trying to promote new ways of thinking. The last things that should be cut from school schedules are chorus, physical education, recess, and anything else involving movement, play, and joyful engagement. Continue reading

Simple Wisdom For Complex Lives

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Tall Ship, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight

 

“Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

 

A Single Weekend Read – Slow Weekend

 

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Full Moon Bantham Sands, Devon

Being an inveterate multi tasker (since when has that been a quality to be proud of?)  I’ve felt, over the past few weeks, a kind of spiralling, out of control. Continue reading