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If not now, when?

If not now, when? “Putting things off is the greatest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes and denies us the present by promising the future.” (Seneca) The older I become, the more I am aware that our human lifetime is finite.  Yet we tend to live with the illusion that […]

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  • February 12, 2020

Nick, do not indulge these feelings!

The alternative to self-love is self-destruction. Because you won’t take the risk of loving yourself properly, you will be compelled instead to destroy yourself. So which would you rather have?  – Alan Watts ​Nick, Do Not Indulge These Feelings!I used to struggle with self- love.  Or, to put it differently? I had a strong streak […]

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  • February 2, 2020

TO “DO” OR NOT TO “DO”, THAT IS THE QUESTION

To “do” or not to “do”, that is the question​ Sorry, Shakespeare! But why did I put “do” in quote marks? And what is that guy “do”-ing arranging flowers? Actually, I’m punning (it’s a tradition in my family, my grandpa could still make puns even in advanced dementia). In Japanese, the word that sounds like “Do” 道 […]

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  • January 25, 2020

Head or heart?

Head or heart? Head or heart? New Age spirituality and pseudo-spirituality constantly calls for us to be “heart centred” – to trust our feelings. And yet, a life path directed by emotion is going to be a roller coaster of ups and downs. A constant seeking of highs and running away from lows. A constant swinging […]

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  • January 25, 2020

Self-love in Action

Self love in Action ​ Brain Tracy, the multimillionaire life/business coach recommends standing in front of a mirror daily, repeating, “I love me”. Frankly, that makes me reach for the sick bag.True self-love is more nuanced and much of my work as a counselor/mentor/ therapist centres around cultivating self-love. The  Inner Union work Kalyani Ma Mukti […]

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  • January 18, 2020

The only thing that counts is releasing the arrow

The only thing that counts is releasing the arrow ​ This well known Zen saying has the obvious meanings of overcoming fear of failure and the importance of learning from mistakes.But there is a deeper meaning. Unless the arrow is released it will never reach the target. Releasing the arrow is what counts. Feeling into it, […]

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  • January 18, 2020

Grandiosity and the Fall of Icarus

Grandiosity and the Fall of Icarus ​ I’d like to take a moment today to offer a word of advice for the year to come – advice that my inner mentor often needs to give me, and for which I am always grateful. The advice is simply this: Keep to the middle way, do not dramatize your life. Dramatize […]

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  • January 18, 2020

Don’t take it personally

Don’t take it personallyHow to avoid the poison of resentment “If you go out seeking revenge, dig two graves” (Confucius) “Resentment is a cure that is worse than the disease.  It is a deadly poison to the spirit, making happiness impossible and using up tremendous energy…” (Maxwell Maltz) No, that’s not me!Revenge?  Resentment?  No, that’s not […]

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  • January 16, 2020

Hook and flail logo – Why?

Hook and Flail ​Logo – Why?I chose to base my new logo around the ancient Egyptian symbol of the hook and flail. Why? If you Google this symbol, you will learn that it is associated with the god Osiris and was adopted as the mark of the authority of the Pharaohs.  You will read that the hook […]

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  • January 16, 2020