Author: RA

The Magic Of Qi Gong

I entered the Qi Gong class feeling crabby and uptight after an irrelevant but nevertheless irritating exchange in the office that morning. My head and heart weren't really in it but the ritual and discipline of attending the class pushed me on and I began the class anyway. I was heavily distracted and unable to concentrate and after just five minutes I began wishing the hour long class would end. The class is situated on the second floor of a building that looks out onto other apartment blocks, and on this particular occasion a young couple were cleaning their apartment and I was nosily distracted by them. Every time I tried to focus on the practice, out of the corner...Read More

Finding Your Way Everyday

There are no rules. There's no path. You don't need to find your purpose before you can start to finally live. Don't read too many books, attend too many seminars. Don't believe those people that tell you they are enlightened. Don't believe there is even enlightenment. All of that just adds weight and concepts to strive towards, taking you away from this moment. This moment. This NOW. How is it? Is there tiredness? Anger? Irritation? Joy? Warmth? Cold? Impatience? Just be aware of it, without judgement. Don't push it away, don't try and hold on to it. That, if anything, is your path, your purpose, your enlightenment. This moment, then this moment, now this moment. All the rest of it...Read More

What Can We Do?

Barcelona, London, Paris, Nantes, Manchester. The attacks keep coming. The fear, the anger, the hurt, the pain and the suffering keeps on growing. In the aftermath of these evil attacks, political and religious leaders all over the world will offer their sincere condolences and make bold statements about staying strong and not letting fear win. And for a while this show of positivity and strength will make us feel a little better, but soon enough we come to realise that nothing has changed and nothing likely will. I don't want to go into depth regarding conspiracy theories of how the political and religious organisations and institutions may have a vested interest in maintaining the 'status quo'. What is most valuable...Read More

Where Are We Going?

I noticed myself striding along the pavement today, taking huge, great steps, pacing fervently to get to my destination. My mind was elsewhere, totally caught up in the need to get to where I was as quickly as possible. Once I checked in with myself and slowed myself back down to a normal and enjoyable pace, a sense of calmness came over me. I began to enjoy the walk. I began to notice more of the things around me.  Slowing down doesn't stop you from doing what you were doing, or getting there that much faster either, but it does give you back to yourself so that you can enjoy the whole experience so much more. Where are you going...Read More

Progress Is Progress

We want to be over there, when we are over here. We want more, better, faster, stronger. We want it NOW. We've always heard the advice that slow and steady win the race and we've grown up with the tale of the tortoise and the hare, yet still we pursue progress with an unhealthy impatience and haste. One tiny step is still progress, even if it appears to be a step backwards. Movement is movement whichever direction, or whichever way you look at it. If you see life from the perspective that everything is experience then there can be no such thing as a backwards step.  We move, we learn, we move again. Progress is progress.

Act As If

Act as if. That's what my good friend and mentor used to tell me. It basically is another way of saying fake it until you make it, but it works. For most people they wait until they have perfected their product, completed their novel, gained enough life experience before they put themselves out there. They rarely get there, many wait forever. Starting is the biggest and hardest step of all but once you've started you can build momentum, gain experience, learn lessons, perfect and hone things along the way. If you don't start you are already behind in the game. Act as if you know the eventual desired outcome and draw it to you. Get out there, hustle, listen, learn,...Read More

Life Is Too Short

Life is too short just may be the oldest, most overused and yet ineffective cliche of all time. We all say it. We all say it a lot. Usually we say it after we experience or hear of difficult or sad events. We use it as a way to motivate ourselves to then go and make the most of our lives - knowing just how uncertain and limited our time on this planet is. But then we quickly forget. We revert back to our ordinary lives and much of the impact and intent of having said those four words when we did fades away until the next time. But if life is too short is correct, there may not be...Read More

Showing Up

Eighty percent of life is showing up - Woody Allen That's all you need to do. Show up. Each and every day, just show up. Somedays you will be inspired. Somedays you will need inspiration.  Somedays you will be tired and weary, other days you will be filled with energy and motivation.  It doesn't really matter, so long as you are there. Fully. You have to be there fully and the only way to do that is to totally accept without judgement the particular state or experience that is right in front of you. So be tired but accept that tiredness without resistance or judgement, just be tired. Angry? Be that anger fully. Accept it, feel it. Don't push it...Read More

It’s not what you know that matters, it’s knowing what you don’t

In the digital world all the knowledge and information we could want is at our fingertips. There isn't really very much we can't find online. This should come as a huge relief. We no longer need to pressure ourselves to retain information, the majority of it meaningless and useless anyway. If we need to access it, it's there. This levels the playing field to some degree because we all have equal access to most of this information. So if you were an 80's pop trivia marvel reveling for the last thirty years in your glorious retention of minutae, sorry mate we all have that knowledge now. This leaves us with another problem then. What do we really know? What do...Read More