What this Japanese Master taught me about life

This Japanese martial arts master is really on to something. Somehow I stumbled across this poem by Aikido Master and founder of Aikido-Yuishinkai, Koretoshi Maruyama. I am mind itself If I hold positive thoughts in my mind, Good things are likely to happen. Holding negative thoughts in my mind, Works against my best interests. Therefore […]

Take the Pressure Off – Just Do This

We don’t need intense objects of love, just to love more intensely. The story is that St Francis of Assisi, on his deathbed said to the monks gathered around him: “I have done what is mine to do. May you do what is yours.” It’s a beautiful statement of humility. He would have been totally […]

The guardian to your solitude

What this old German poet reckons love is about. I’ve been having a bit of fun with these Thursday blogs. I guess I’m at a stage in my financial career where I can afford to take half a day off to think about a curious line in a song or something like that. And I’m […]

There’s a crack in everything

You are hurt and messy. And that’s great. I always loved that Leonard Cohen line: “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” It’s from the song ‘Anthem’, and I’m surprised that it often gets lumped in with his ‘political’ songs. I find it one of the most personal and touching of […]

There’s wisdom in knowing what you don’t know

What “know what you don’t know” really means… There’s wisdom is in knowing what you don’t know. This idea comes up in a few cultures, and in the west was made famous by Socrates. I don’t think people realise what a specific idea this is. Most people just take it as, “have some awareness that […]

Do you hate your body?

Time to stop hating these bodies. I can get why the old religions used to hate the body so much. Imagine the old monks, whipping themselves, to rid their bodies of their ‘sinful’ desires. They developed a world view where we were pure spirits trapped inside a primitive and disgusting body. The spirit’s quest was […]