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Magic Mushrooms

Magic Mushrooms

Magic mushrooms, psilocybin or psychedelic mushrooms, have been used in indigenous cultures for religious rituals, healing, and divinatory purposes for millennia. Psilocybin is an hallucinogenic compound, the term ‘magic mushroom’ was formed when the effect of this...

What is a Paradigm?

What is a Paradigm?

A  paradigm is the thinking that serves as a pattern or model. A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline.These assumptions are often not...

Firm Focus, Soft Gaze

Firm Focus, Soft Gaze

Ways of developing a firm focus, and soft gaze. In Vipassana meditation, we open ourselves in a wide awareness of senses, with a soft mental gaze that allows us to notice whatever is happening. If something catches our attention, we then turn toward whatever it is –...

Hope

Hope

Hope can sometimes challenge us - can we, will we, accept hope in times of despair? How do we manage the unmanageable, that thing, person, or circumstance that gives rise to emotional exhaustion and hopelessness? To be without hope is to be without optimism,...

The Intactness Within

The Intactness Within

 How strange life can be,It’s not always as it seems,What seems so right What seems so wrong. Go out, go out they say,But pause just a little,Before you go,Maybe first there are things to know. What we seek, it looks for us,Hoping too, that in our search, we stopIt’s...

My Way

My Way

I often wonder why I love science fiction and science fantasy so much. My friends read all the latest books that win prizes and are much vaulted. I do try and read them but too many of them are dry, depressing, and boring. ‘What about space?’ I think, ‘what about...

Lost your Career Path?

Lost your Career Path?

It isn’t a failure if you decide after many years that your career isn’t for you. People change and their priorities with them. So, it’s normal to find yourself with over ten years of experience in a field that isn’t for you anymore. According to Indeed, 49% of...

The Notebook

The Notebook

I have a beautiful notebook. The picture on its cover is of the sunset, yellows, oranges and gold’s. Its a few years old now, it is still pristine. I look at it often but do not write in it, in case the words I write are not good enough somehow for its perfect blank...

Coping with Death and Loss

Coping with Death and Loss

Death is inevitable. There are nearly 8 billion people on the planet at this time and every one will meet an ending of this life be they old or young, sick, or healthy. No one knows how long their span here will be, for hundreds of thousands every day their time is up...

Adapt or Diminish

Adapt or Diminish

Nothing is permanent, everything changes – this is the nature of things. National Geographic writes that “adaptation is the biological mechanism by which organisms adjust to new environments or to changes in their current environment … “So change is a natural part of...

Self Compassion

Self Compassion

We are born into a social species, being cooperative and caring for others is hard wired into our DNA. So, it’s not surprising that when we see suffering, sometimes that suffering has caused compassion to rise in us for others. And when our hearts are touched by...

Finding Balance, a Reflection

Finding Balance, a Reflection

One of the most important principles in establishing a sense of wellbeing is trying to find the right balance; whether it be in the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual realms of our lives. We see this perhaps most powerfully in the rhythm of the breath. From our...