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word from the wise: universal consciousness

word from the wise: universal consciousness

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus With Winter Solstice recently upon us here in the Southern Hemisphere, the most introspective and self-meditative hours of the cooler seasons are now giving way to the expansiveness of spring. As we unfurl and reach for the warmer...
word from the wise: antony hegarty on future feminism

word from the wise: antony hegarty on future feminism

  Future feminism (direct link to live recording of monologue) “I’ve been searching and searching for that little bit of my constitution that isn’t of this place and I still haven’t found it. Every atom of me, every element of me seems to resonate, seems to reflect the great world around me. So, I’ve come to...
word from the wise: my mistress is the open road

word from the wise: my mistress is the open road

(Alice Springs, 2012)   The untented Kosmos my abode, I pass, a wilful stranger: My mistress still the open road And the bright eyes of danger     (Robert Louis Stevenson)  
word from the wise: the invitation (by Oriah)

word from the wise: the invitation (by Oriah)

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, is the kind of spiritual writing that could be written off as ‘plastic shamanism‘. However, Oriah’s cultural identity aside, I think that in a world so dominated by the material, the immediate, and that which is defined by solidity or tangibility, The Invitation is more than anything, a narrative of divine and...
yogic philosophy

yogic philosophy

In the West and the East, we practice yoga in gyms, parks, classrooms, living rooms and studios. Yoga has become globalised – another product of the wellness revolution offering tranquility and a lithe physique for a pretty penny or two. More than a passing fad, yoga has perhaps become symbolic of modern middle-class culture. Like all...
word from the wise: Anthem

word from the wise: Anthem

Anthem The birds they sang at the break of day Start again I heard them say Don’t dwell on what has passed away or what is yet to be. _ Ah the wars they will be fought again The holy dove  She will be caught again bought and sold and bought again the dove is...
word from the wise: you are your own refuge

word from the wise: you are your own refuge

  ‘One is one’s own refuge, who else could be the refuge?’     Buddha.  
'What the Buddha taught' (W. Rahula 1958)

‘What the Buddha taught’ (W. Rahula 1958)

  Book review: ‘Buddhism is neither pessimistic or optimistic. If anything at all, it is realistic, for it takes a realistic view of life and the world. It looks at things objectively (yathabhutan). It does not falsely lull you into living in a fool’s paradise, nor does it frighten and agonize you with all kinds...
word from the wise: kiki smith on using the body to create

word from the wise: kiki smith on using the body to create

  ‘…the idea that you make something out of your own body, your own energy, is really profound – that you can make something that gives pleasure to other people. And all you have to do is show up and do it. It’s a tremendous freedom and a tremendous power that you can just use...
word from the wise: feminism is for everybody

word from the wise: feminism is for everybody

   
word from the wise: Rudolph Ballentine & Radical Healing

word from the wise: Rudolph Ballentine & Radical Healing

  ‘Healing is, by its nature, a knitting together, a restoration of wholeness. It requires that we see and accept lovingly all parts of ourselves. Our ability to contain more, to expand our identity, to accommodate the multifarious aspects of ourselves is the basis of healing.’
word from the wise: Taking Sides

word from the wise: Taking Sides

    When I take a side, I create the opposing side.     
word from the wise: be zen, be peaceful

word from the wise: be zen, be peaceful

  Sit quietly, Do nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.  
word from the wise: be hopeless

word from the wise: be hopeless

  ABANDON ANY HOPE OF FRUITION “Fruition” implies that at some future time you will feel good. One of the most powerful Buddhist teachings is that as long as you are wishing for things to change, they never will. As long as you’re wanting yourself to get better, you won’t. As long as you are...

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