No Need to Rush to Meditation Practice

Bus home. Have dinner. Visit John in hospital. Go to meditation practice. Home. Early night. A neat plan for the evening. Everything fitted in. Especially the commitment to regular Wednesday meditation practice. But first there is the planned visit to John in who is awaiting surgery for oesophageal cancer. He’s in fine form, ready for a chat. Right now, he’s …

What Men Live

What Men Live by Leo Tolstoy (abridged) There are many stories from many traditions about Living in the Now. There is an abridged version of Three Questions from Tolstoy’s What Men Live. The cultural origin of the story is not given, possibly a folktale? Three Questions It once occurred to a certain king, that if he always knew the right …

How to Break Out of Prison

The practice of meditation and mindfulness exists in many traditions, including Islam as this extract from the 12th century Persian poet, Rumi*, testifies. “A man in prison is sent a prayer rug by his friend. What he had wanted, of course, was a file or a crowbar or a key! But he began using the rug, doing five-times prayer before …

Heidi Grows Up and Learns Mindfulness

Set in the Swiss Alps, Johanna Spry’s Heidi is the story of a young orphan who comes to live with her estranged grandfather in a wooden hut high up in the mountains. Heidi seemed like a real heroine to me as a young reader. Who else, I thought, could turn a grumpy grandfather into a friendly person, play with boisterous …

Old Habits Die Hard

Learn Mindfulness at the Sanctuary

She could not stand it any longer. She stood, reached across the bus aisle and firmly zipped the woman’ s back pack closed, mumbling something about the danger of pick pockets. On this short bus ride she had already advised a woman not to carry her bag over her shoulder and cautioned a tourist about leaving a suitcase on the …