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
It’s December, it’s winter and the year is ending. A good time to reflect on 2010, what’s happened and what I hope for 2011. I’m being aided by Reverb10, a worldwide network of people currently reflecting on 2010. The website is live for December only, and provides prompts for you to reflect upon. So thanks … Continue reading Reflecting on 2010
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