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“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning”

Krisnamurti

    Sep 21st, 2013 By

    Alchemy in Andalucia

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    “Swami Muktananda once described a yogi as a person who knows how to turn every circumstance of life to his advantage, not because a yogi is an opportunist, but because he turns every moment into Yoga….For a yogi, the word responsibility is actually thought of as ‘response-ability’ the skill of responding spontaneously and naturally from a core of inner stillness in such a way as to take a situation to a higher level.” Jane Kersel read this extract from the September 2008 Yoga Journal in the first of six beginner’s classes that I took as I turned 40. I knew intuitively that there was something in yoga, although it would be another five years before our paths would cross again. “Stop the world turning…I want to pause.” Yes please. As those eight words appeared on my screen, my online search for a ‘yoga and riding holiday’ took a serendipitous turn; I had discovered Jane’s inaugural Ritual Retreat. Having just returned from a sun drenched week in Mykonos, my research was only a theoretical meander intended for the following year. But I was soon transfixed by this particular retreat, even though it was already fully booked. Things that are […]

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny is…..To realise one’s destiny is a person’s only real obligation” ~ Paulo Coelho A simple story about a boy called Santiago, or manual for the journey to realising one’s destiny? This book, like Siddhartha, is whatever you need it to be at the time you read it. The one thing I will say from my own experience is that if you read it again it will feel like a different book. I was 30 when I first read The Alchemist; nursing the wounds of heartbreak in a small town called Cuenca in Ecuador. Was it the bruised ego of a life I was there to let go of, or the lively Spanish language that surrounded me on every corner, I do not know, but this story of the Andalusian shepherd boy became the manual that defined that particular adventure. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting”. These were the words that helped to shake me out of my self-pitying funk. What was it that I wanted to do now my life was a clean slate? Back then, before the digital age, I […]

Can I do it?


Can I do it?

  I have been staring at this question for what feels like a lifetime. I torture myself like this regularly, so why will today’s attempt to blog be any different? Last weekend instead of writing, I procrastinated by reading Helen Fielding’s Mad About the Boy, Bridget Jones’ third outing. Last night I stayed up late watching the first episodes of Sex & the City again. When I woke up, ‘I got to thinking…’ what would Carrie Bradshaw be writing about if Mr. Big had not made it to the altar; what would Bridget Jones be doing at 47 if her attempts at dating failed and her career had become the ‘baby’? That narrative is perhaps not as exciting as the dating dilemmas of 30 year old women in London and New York, but the truth is that there is a cadre of women in their mid-40s without kids and paucity of fun content and dialogue. Doing what I have done for the last 22 years is no longer really an option and I am slowly coming to realise that I am in a unique if still daunting position of realising that the ‘eggs’ may have been […]

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