Precious Gifts

The vibrant blue and indigo feathers of a fairy wren. A smile from a stranger. The barely discernible outline of a harmless jellyfish.  It’s gossamer form pulsing with grace. A homegrown lemon.  Placed at my front door by a friendly neighbour. Tiny flecks of light, dancing on water. Someone who listens when words are spoken.  TrulyRead More

Arrivals & Departures

arrivals and departures

At this transition into a new season, I take a moment to contemplate beginnings and endings. The moon arrives as sunlight departs. A flower delights all then withers into non-existence. Inhalation ends. Exhalation begins. Friends come and go. We ourselves come and go.  Bustling between home and work and shops and amusements. Birthdays, graduations, celebrations, promotions,Read More

Fleeting

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This morning I stopped swimming in order to de-fog my goggles.  As I kept myself afloat, I looked towards the horizon and contemplated the ephemeral nature of life. It is like a bubble on the surface of the ocean.  Or a rainbow.  Or a reflection of the moon in a lake. We think we have manyRead More

A Kind Gesture

A Kind Gesture

I recently received a surprise gift.  It appeared on my bank statement.  A deposit had been made with a description that read ‘Sender’s Name_buy chocolate‘.  It took a week or so for me to notice the aforementioned deposit.  When I did, I smiled with my whole being.  If you are wondering how someone had my accountRead More

A Timely Thought

A Timely Thought

‘Time flies‘, we say. What is Time? We use this word to create order within the endless cycles of light and dark, growth and decay, accumulation and dissolution.  To create order within the cycles of life.  We quantify it.  Marking it into measured moments.  Then we develop elaborate gadgets to display these ever-changing measurements.  We solidifyRead More

2016 Rolls Out

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Today is the final day of 2016.  Usually as we sit on the cusp of a new year, there’s a bit of reflecting on the year that has just passed.  Please remember that when you do this, it’s not particularly helpful to analyse the pants off the whole year.  You can re-live/regurgitate/recall as much as youRead More

Driving With Gratitude

Driven to thanks

As a water-loving, active yogi, long distance road trips are not on my bucket list.   Not that I have a bucket list.  But if I did have such a list, sitting in a driver’s seat for several consecutive days would not be a feature. However, due to a series of circumstances which are not entertainingRead More

Open Your Heart

War and Peace

The following are words from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama: Inner disarmament, external disarmament; these must go together, you see.  Peace is not just mere absence of violence – genuine peace must start in each individual heart. Yes.  Peace must start in each individual heart.  To encourage this, we must open our hearts and takeRead More

Yoga and Simplicity

I mentioned in my previous post that ‘Relationships’ and ‘Simplicity’ sum up my experience of studying yoga therapy in India with T.K.V. Desikachar.  I discussed the relevance of relationships.  Now I will write a little about simplicity. Firstly, let me please remind you that I am a lifelong fan of simplicity.  I love to live simply. Read More

Yoga and Relationships

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One of the most valuable teacher training courses I ever attended was at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai, India.  There I received yoga therapy wisdom from T.K.V. Desikachar and his fellow teachers.  If I had to summarise this Indian experience in two words I would say ‘Relationships’ and ‘Simplicity’. I’ll discuss the simplicity sideRead More