Self Awareness

Spirituality: The path of the heart

Any path is only a path and there is no affront to oneself or to others in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you…Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself and yourself alone one question…Does this path have a heart?(…)

Japanese Zen Master Dogen (1200-1253)

Dogen Zenji was perhaps the most enlightened and influential Zen master in Japanese history. He lived in Japan in the thirteenth century. The 12th and 13th centuries was a period which produced many enlightened masters across the world, including Meister Eckhardt and Hildegard von Bingen in Germany, St Francis of Assisi and Thomas Aquinas in(…)

P.S. You’re not going to die!

This image popped up on Facebook today and was very much along the lines of a discussion I had with friends this morning. There are much worse problems to face in life than any of the above, something that is worth hanging on to…..I am sure I am not the only person who recognises the(…)

So what do we focus our attention on?

Having established that one of our few powers is the power of attention, to what should we attend? Our attention is habitually turned outward, towards the world of phenomena, towards what we can see and hear, and smell and taste and touch. We can also turn our attention inwards. This can be towards our body(…)

Can I say anything intelligent or meaningful?

That’s a question I’ve been asking myself this past while. Let’s get this out there first: I’m not enlightened, and I still feel as separated and adrift as I have done since we were 14, when Padraic and Pearse and I first recognised that we were abandoned in Samsara, with no map, and all our(…)

Looking for a Brand New Start

To quote Van Morrison, ‘I’m lookin’ for brand new start…’ It’s been almost a year since my last post. I suppose I just wandered off, not knowing whether I believed any of the stuff I wrote before. But I reckon I’ll give it another crack and see what comes out.   I deleted ‘Self-Development’ from the(…)

Think and Grow Rich

Here’s a summary of all the Law of Attraction books, the Think and Grow Rich, The Science of Getting Rich, the Master Key System books, the programmes by Bob Proctor and others, that might save you a bit of time. At least this is my current interpretation. The Universe (or God if you’re religious) loves(…)

Ideas on a Postcard Please

Both of my loyal readers will have noticed that the river has run dry. This is because I’ve become confused about how to proceed. For this reason I would appreciate some feedback. I had planned to post some more neuroscience, specifically about the Limbic System, the Vagus Nerves and the Frontal Lobes. But judging by(…)

In a Nutshell

Everything I’m going to tell you boils down to a few simple ideas. Putting these ideas into practice is what takes the work, but the dividends paid, while not  always immediate, are enormous. Take responsibility for your own development. We don’t become better, happier people by just hoping for the best. Learn to meditate. An(…)

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