Born in St. Petersburg, Lou Andreas Salomé (1861-1937) combined erotic sensuality, exceptional beauty and a sharp intelligence that enchanted men and women who spent time in her company. Continue reading
I make a regular pilgrimage on my bike to the local Totnes gym in Devon, UK. I take with me my MP3 player.
For seven years, I have been a paid up member of the Church of Gymism, where I bow down to the barbell and lift some modest weights up to Heaven.
A few days ago, I looked at my Most Played List on the MP3. Lots of songs had lyrics with a certain religious/spiritual flavour.
The word ‘religious’ here makes no reference to a religion or religions. A religious/spiritual flavour carries a deep intimation, a sense of the transcendent, beyond the song and its lyrics. We can find such intimations in all the religions. We can experience spiritual sensitivities in music.
Music offers reminders and revelations of the profound nature of human experience and our capacity to respond to reality.
Let’s dance to that. Let’s move to that.
The Buddha engaged in the regular application of Mindfulness in his teachings. The Pali word for Mindfulness is Sati. His teachings on mindfulness serve as the primary inspiration for the teachings on mindfulness available in the West and elsewhere in the world.
Sati conveys remembering what leads up to an experience or situation and the presence of the experience or situation. There is no English equivalent to the word sati. Continue reading
12 Questions to Meditate on and Enquire into
Teachings and practices include a deep exploration of significant issues of our life.
We have the capacity to see the truth and the reality of situations. Continue reading
Nine Favourite Poets and Poems
Language can struggle to communicate the Inexpressible. Perhaps it is only through beautiful and illuminating poetry that language reaches its zenith. In that respect, a profound poem brings us all closer to the Truth of things than any other form of language. A sublime poem ‘speaks’ to us of the realm that is beyond the words and beyond the constructed. I believe we cannot live meaningful lives without poetry. Continue reading