Those Moments Where Your Life Changes Forever

Some days something happens which changes our lives forever, even if in that moment we are unaware of what the consequences will be. Sometimes that change will happen consciously, being planned and prepared for. Other times life just throws them upon us unexpectedly and possibly, in that moment, …

Very early hours at the airport. My Uber ride drops me off and I walk into a checkin hall unusually quiet. People sleep across chairs. People sit quietly. Lights are dimmed. Officials arrive at the checkin desk, passengers jump up and hover, waiting for desk to open. I am quickly checked in and it …

Earthy smells of mushroom dashi and Japanese curry roux fill the kitchen. I wrote this on Monday evening but was then distracted and did not have time to finish my writing. I was cooking dinner for Valentines Day, a Japanese curry ramen. According to the cookery book Vegan Japaneasy this is not a …

The Kindness of Strangers

Sitting on the beach this afternoon an incident popped into my mind from over three decades ago. Why I thought of this I don’t know, but here is what happened. I was in Australia. I spent a year traveling around the country, mainly hitchhiking. I was somewhere south of Sidney, heading south. It was …

Driving home from town, the highway (rather a grand identification for an ordinary road) curves round the coast. The afternoon is beautifully clear and the ocean has barely a ripple on it. Out of the corner of my eye I catch a big splash out to sea, and quickly find a place to pull over. It’s …

Sacred Space

Sitting alone at night, silence, small light on in the corner, stillness, dark outside, alone with a book, my thoughts, writing. Walking across the crater floor of Haleakala. Bare, cinder cones, dried lava. The birth place of Maui. Sitting chanting Puja in the Shrine Room of Lam Rim Buddhist Centre. …

Sonder - n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. By John Koenig and his Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, “that aims to fill holes in the language—to give a name to emotions we all feel but don’t have a word for.”

Today

This morning’s very strong winds must have taken the internet out. The issue that I reported this morning has been escalated from just our problem, to a known outage in the area. But it appears to be localized as I am currently piggy backing off of our neighbour’s WiFi by positioning …

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer - Generosity, Reciprocity and Hope

My wife & I went to a wonderfully inspiring and rich talk last night given by Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer in The Green Room, a series of lectures hosted by The Merwin Conservancy. W.S. Merwin was an American poet, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner. He lived on Maui, until his death in March of …

Looking to the Future

Do you ever have an event coming up that you are just not looking forward to, indeed dreading? You are mentally counting down the days to when you will have to show up at a time and place that you could quite happily strike off your calendar? That meeting becomes a gnawing presence in your life, …

Being Interviewed by Melissa Schwartz - Video

Melissa Schwartz of Leading Edge Parenting, where she coaches parents of highly sensitive children, recently interviewed me. Our discussion looked at the overlap between Tibetan Buddhism, particularly meditation and High Sensitivity. You can watch the complete interview below. I hope that you enjoy …

An Aesop Fable and Introversion

We have been experiencing some very windy weather here in the Pacific North West. Accompanied by some unseasonably cold temperatures, the wind chill has been cutting through everyone. The skies have been clear and the strong winds have given a clarity to the air, while at the same time making swift …

A Bed of Leaves

British winter days are short. Throw in a blanket of grey cloud cover and any daylight there was soon diminishes. For some this sort of weather is just too much - I think of those suffering from SAD. For me though, and I’ve lived in and loved many other climates, I feel a deep affinity with the …