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Turning moments. 

I recently came across this eloquent post from John Tarrant a meditation teacher who was born in Tasmania: “The first thing about really having your own creative life is not thinking you know what you are, not thinking what you are already thinking. This comes from making space, from not knowing, from playing. We are […]

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Dogs on beds. 

Advice well known to all dog owners.
Supposedly it is all about leadership power within the pack. Letting your dog sleep at the same level as you is said to be signaling an equal position in the pack hierarchy

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Autumn tea.

Listening to the tunk, tunk, tunk of a large crow hopping on the roof tiles. Down to the drainpipe, where it pauses to scrape its beak, before tunking back up to the ridge-cap. Flip back the covers and down to the kettle. Not wanting to turn on any lights, I pause before the single deep […]

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Questions Before Dark

  ” As this day ends, and before sleep when the sky dies down, consider your altered state: has this day changed you? Are the cornerssharper or rounded off? Did youlive with death? Make decisions that quieted? Find one clear word that fit? At the sun’s midpoint did you notice a pitch of absence, bewilderment […]

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The Wait.

  A beautifully crafted film following Belgian wildlife photographer Michel D’Oultremont as he displays both deep patience and presence in his work. The film takes the viewer on a journey from Michel’s hometown in Belgium to the remote mountains of Romania. On the trail of wild bison, Michel tracks the movement of the animals and […]

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The last punch cutter.

One letter. In the moment. Each action deliberate in intention and precise in its immediacy of execution. A cup of tea. A smoke. One letter. Just this.  

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Interpretation.

  Lake Wanaka, in the Southern Lakes Region of New Zealand, is one of my favourite places on the planet.  In this short film snowboarder Will Jackways, shares his simple philosophy of life. Im not a philosopher of life, I’m not going to sit here and preach what is right and what is wrong….this is […]

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Wind. 

  “Soil for legs Axe for hands Flower for eyes Bird for ears Mushroom for nose Smile for mouth Songs for lungs Sweat for skin Wind for mind” –Nano Sakaki

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Practicing the edge. 

  Engage all of your life as you would zazen. Don’t be cautious. Throw yourself into it. Thats where you learn. Our tendency is to go with what is familiar and safe. Yet the familiar and the safe have nothing to teach. Its only the challenges of a new territory that have something to reveal to […]