One word changes everything

A friend wrote to me today telling me it’s been an ‘interesting’ time for me lately. Now, you don’t need to know what ‘interesting’ means in this case, but interesting is the right way to put it. There is no good, no bad, no sad, no tough, no difficult things that happen. …

The philosophy of: Patrick Dangerfield [Without the fuck-ups there’s no FUCK YEAH’s]

Patrick Dangerfield’s one of Geelong’s superstars, in the Australian Football League. And he’s a rare breed of not only player, captain, but also sportsman. He says that after a loss, typically a captain hangs their head (and emotions) low. Throughout the 121-year history of the VFL/AFL, it’s been normal for …

Missing the Point #1: If Buddhism’s about having a tranquil mind (and real life’s mostly not that), shouldn’t the temples be built in places that are noisy as fuck and hectic as shit?

Nowhere can man find a more untroubled retreat than in his own soul – Marcus Aurelius, from Meditations Here’s a Buddhist temple: And where are they usually? In isolated places, built in locations faraway from the noise and unpredictability and sometimes chaotic events of real life. ‘One of the purposes of …

When shit sucks, embrace it.

When you go through something tough, don’t deflect, deny or numb (with alcohol, drugs, distractions etc.) the feelings of how much it sucks. Embrace the shockwaves within you and that fucked up feeling in the pit of your stomach. Label it. Visualise it. Take in everything you can see and …