Loving-kindness Part 1

‘Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.’ Henry James   May I be happy May I be healthy May I be peaceful May I live with ease.   These simple words of the metta, or loving-kindness […]

Our internal balance sheet

‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.’ George Orwell, Animal Farm We all know people who bestride the world with an exaggerated sense of entitlement, as if they’re somehow special and the world owes them something. Others seem to be apologetic for their very existence, anxiously striving to ‘make up’ […]

Precious moments

According to the thirteenth century Zen master Dogen, there are 6,440,099,180 moments in each day. If we multiply this by the 342 days remaining of this year, we still have 2,202,513,919,560 moments ahead of us before we get to 2015. Of course, in reality it’s impossible to calculate the ephemeral nature of moments, but in […]