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

brief reminder

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 Quiet Space

Quiet Symphony

The world is loud.  Myriads of instruments are heralding the onset of a national long weekend holiday. I go in search of a quiet space. Beneath the surface, I glimpse a distant place of refuge.  Almost immediately, the external fanfare transforms into a rhapsody of light.  Punctuated by discordant sounds of internal activity – the semitonesRead 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

Winds of Change

Winds of Change

In 2016, I wrote 50 posts.  If you click on the ‘all posts’ tab, you will see that now only nine remain for that year. Where have all the other posts gone?  The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.  The winds of change. For those of you who read ‘Driving With Gratitude’, you willRead More

2016 Rolls Out

farewell2016

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 hours a day, for several consecutive days, would not be a feature. However, due to a series ofRead 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

Mixing Bowl of Life

Amongst friends, family and strangers there have been difficult times lately- sickness, relationship struggles, surgery, loss, disease, emotional upheaval.  And there have been happy times too – weddings, births, business successes, adventures. This is life.  It’s a mixing bowl of ingredients – some tasty, some unpalatable. Whether you are facing tough challenges, whether you are bouncingRead More