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  I am in India. That moment when you step off the plane from the freezing fog of a rational west, bleary, boss-eyed and bedecked in overcoat, crumpled blanket and super-sized socks grabbed at the airport, and slip into the penetrating saffron haze of an early...

  One morning in the not-so-distant past, I arose before dawn for my yoga practice. Standing in preparation within the silent darkness of an imminent sunrise, I lowered my head in gratitude to the infinite presence that was watching me. It was the ultimate gesture to...

  I am 61 today. Why, you might ask, am I writing a blog at midday when I should be out at a Sunday lunch partying to celebrate this most auspicious day? I indeed asked myself the same question, particularly as this time last year I...

  I had an idle moment recently and decided to watch a biography of John Coltrane. This period in US history of the 1930s-mid-1960s for some reason is beguilingly fascinating to me, and not only music-wise, but also for its art scene. American Abstract Expressionist art will...

  I have just returned from a gruelling trip which has taken toll on my body, and I need to spend this weekend holding some deep Hatha asanas to release the pent-up energy. I think I need to wind into a reef knot, but the problem...

  I was thinking this week about a comment Adyashanti made about the losing of the self as a somatic experience, and indeed, the question Ramana Maharshi posed about the energy of the separate self (about which I have written here already). I was recently in face...

  I have been re-reading a wonderful description of dramatic realisation written in the Non-Duality Magazine in interview with Chris Hebard, the founder of the exquisite site, Stillness Speaks. I am not sure when it was written, but Chris was "hit over the head with a 2...

Ramana Maharshi, I understand, only because I do not have the exact wording to hand or where it was recorded (or in which language), used to pose the question, "When the sense of the personal self collapses together with the energy of the sense (my italics) of self,...

  I was asked about 6 weeks ago to comment on 12 Jungian archetypes: the Hero, the Great Mother, the Trickster, etc., and I found myself staring at a blank page. Nothing came at all. Given that, as all other seekers who investigate their lives, I had become...