Never in a million years would I get my €120 back. That was gone, but – on principle – I was sure as hell going to fight for my €3.50. Up I went with my used and wet cap and explained that this wasn’t really my cup of tea, and, as a show of good faith, requested a refund. It was refused.
Geometry of Human Connectedness
Not a single part of a person can be free whose mind is not at liberty. If for a moment we can accept Descartes’ dictum that thought presupposes being, then we must begin to perceive that even the most rigid barrier is merely the chimera of our inner fearful thoughts. Everything is impossible for us until it is done.
Perfect Body, Perfect Mind, Perfect Soul
Follow @UrFhasaidh After showing off a video of my less-than-perfect execution of a kata a friend of mine Maeve commented: “What is it with men and their violence?” Okay, Maeve is a Dominican nun. You’d have to expect some non-violence from a nun, but her words have stuck with me. I still intend sticking with … Continue reading Perfect Body, Perfect Mind, Perfect Soul
Meditation is Pointless
Follow @UrFhasaidh One of the most popular misconceptions of the Christian faithful is that they are forever praying. In my own experience I have found this to be rather far from the truth. Being woken at four o’clock in the morning by my Muslim roommates at an interfaith conference some years ago I was asked, … Continue reading Meditation is Pointless
Tom Baker Chic Three Decades Late
Doctor Who never interested me as a child. It still doesn’t. I was never a fan of science fiction, and I was certainly never a fan of BBC sci-fi. Back in the day, when my brothers and I were being minded by our Uncle Stephen, we were inflicted with Jim’ll Fix It, Top of the … Continue reading Tom Baker Chic Three Decades Late
Over our uncovered heads, beneath the silver-grey Atlantic clouds, Apollo’s fiery chariot was dulled by the passing of the moon as our antique lunar calendars tilted into our sacred seasons. At the setting of the sun we will welcome with our Jewish sisters and brothers the beauty of the Sabbath bride and the first day … Continue reading Mystical Unions
Giving Up the Smokes
I haven’t given up smoking. This year I made a point of not making that some sort of New Years’ resolution; the pressure always ends up being too much, and what happens in the end – the resumption of smoking – is inevitable. What I would prefer to say is that I am giving up … Continue reading Giving Up the Smokes
Happiness Mission #One
We have said that 2015 is going to be a year of creating greater happiness and that this was going to be done in a number of projects. So the first mission is going to be all about improving health and personal wellbeing. It makes sense that this should be the first thing to work … Continue reading Happiness Mission #One