Life here at Casa Saraswati is full of plums. About two hundred kilos of them. The Plum Research Team have been busy making plum crumble, plum jam, plum compote and getting drunk on the nectar that is pure plum juice. While plums can be deliciously fun in the kitchen, there is also much wisdom to … Continue reading The heart wisdom of the plum tree
I am reflecting now on what has probably been the most beautiful birthday of my life. For a start, I am in a beautiful place. Casa Saraswati is the retreat of Didier Danthois’ Sacred School of Clowning. This is a place of love, beauty, magic and poetry. A place for meditation, yoga, creative dance and … Continue reading A sacred clown birthday at Casa Saraswati
Over the last week I have been running a Love Experiment. The experiment was inspired by this quote, from my good friend Verity Pabla. When all the people in the world love one another, then the strong will not overpower the weak, the many will not oppress the few, the rich will not mock the … Continue reading The love experiment
Is compassion something you are born with, or can you learn to become more compassionate? New research suggests that compassion can be both taught, and learned. Richard Davidson and associate scientist Antoine Lutz studied the brain scans of 16 monks and 16 control subjects. All were asked to practise a special compassion meditation whilst undergoing … Continue reading Can compassion be learned?
As a student, did you ever ask, like me, “Why am I learning this?” or “What good will this do me in my life?” And let me guess… you were asking about algebra or trigonometry, right? It seems like a feature of modern life. In our Western world, much it seems is about what ‘I … Continue reading It’s not what you get, it’s what you give