Jim's Writings

Birth and rebirth

This is the time of year where darkness no longer dominates light and the balance, grain by grain, is being redressed and even tipped over to favour the light. It is essentially an optimistic time with all the promise of the forthcoming months ahead.

Mantra, meditation and asana

Yoga is not a one hit wonder and so there is no shortcut to its goal of integration on every level. There are things that can be done, that can be immediately helpful, both in restoring some of our overspent energy and in terms of regaining a sense of centre.

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Come, Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another's seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, 'The monk is our teacher.' Kalamas, when you yourselves know: 'These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,' enter on and abide in them.

— The Buddha