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“The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passion”

Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 – 1892)

    Jan 27th, 2013 By

    Four Principles of Spirituality

    Four Principles of Spirituality

    Once in a while I come across something that moves me, inspires me, soothes the edges of a rough day or simply just resonates for no obvious reason. The powerful words and these four simple concepts are my go to when turbulence hits my life. Whether or not you believe in ‘spirituality’ or even that there are a defined number of principles, this seven-slide show with sweet photography and hauntingly peaceful music just seems to hit the spot. Well mine at least. It says that India teaches us about The Four Principles of Spirituality, but what I like most about these four concepts is that whatever one’s belief system is, these four principles transcend religion. Their essence is about living in the now and accepting everything that is happening at this moment in time is exactly as it should be. Whatever its origins, India or elsewhere, these four principles can take the steam out of drama.   The First Principle states:   “Whomsoever you encounter is the right one”   This means that no one comes into our life by chance. Everyone who is around us, anyone with whom we interact, represents something, whether to teach us something or […]

Inner Skiing by Timothy Gallwey & Robert Kriegel


Inner Skiing by Timothy Gallwey & Robert Kriegel

“The willingness to be a beginner is an essential ingredient to being a good learner” ~ Timothy Gallwey “I realised that the way I had been skiing was a reflection of my life.” This was co-author Robert Kriegel’s epiphany, but those could have been my words. Inner Skiing is full of anecdotes such as these. I have struggled with skiing ever since I started, blaming the late start in life, but this last trip something just gelled. Determined to understand what had changed, I dusted off an unread copy Inner Skiing. More than a book on learning how to ski, Inner Skiing is a book on the process of learning. It uses Timothy Gallwey’s Inner Game methods—that revolve around quieting the ego mind and trusting the subconscious to gain confidence—and applies them to skiing. Inner Skiing has been written by both Timothy and Robert, a former all-American athlete and now coach to Olympic and professional athletes, but the narrative is from Robert’s perspective. The words, the concepts, the humour, the reference to spiritual texts—Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Carlos Castaneda’s Teaching of Don Juan—all resonated after my own breakthrough skiing experience. Skiing happened to be subject I was learning, but the timing of Timothy’s wisdom on the […]

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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