My book on love addiction is now out on Amazon!

It’s a truth universally acknowledged, that a writer in possession of a blog, must be in want of publishing a book 🙂 I went the self publishing route and did it. My mini guide to healing love addiction is now available on Amazon.

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Open your heart and love

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Silent illumination – the meditation month challenge with Tricycle.

At the moment I am working through the Tricycle Meditation Month as a 30-day meditation challenge. I am working through 4 stages of the silent illumination practice as taught by Chan Buddhist teacher Guo Gu. The links for each week of the meditation month are below. This is a free course, but the quality of the teaching is amazing so if you take it, make a donation if you can. Happy meditating, fellow nomads! 

Week 1 (method from 10:20, progressive relaxation) 

Week 2 (method from 9:32, nostrils sensations, stomach rise n fall, all body breathing)

Week 3 (method from 17:25, sight or sound contemplation, just experiencing, moment by moment, pure awareness) 

Week 4

And a sit (combination of weeks 1 and 2 I believe). 

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Emptiness as freedom. The Void by Alan Watts.

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Have a smartphone? Now you can trip on light #psychedelic #consciousness

I  heard about stroboscopic light and its ability to induce psychedelic like states before but never had a chance to try it. It had to be done in person with an expensive machine. Well, hail the age of technological disruption, clever folks at Lumenate brought this technology to the masses and now anyone with a smartphone can trip on light (as long as they are not epileptic or sensitive to stroboscopic light – always read medical warnings and do research beforehand!). I took out a paid subscription but there is free trial also. I have just spent a week meditating on light every night and I must say it is pretty good. There were insights, realisations and tears 🙂  Again, read the medical warning carefully, be safe and let me know if you tried or try it – how did you find it? I am just glad to be back in the presence of light after a long covid winter and what seemed like a tough emptiness practice.

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When you realise you are stuck… surrender into the hopelessness #RamDass

When you realise you are stuck… you be stuck. You really be stuck. In the moment of stuckness is the key to the next liberation. It is the denial… trying to get unstuck that is feeding the stuckness. If you sit with it and you say – isn’t it a far out melodrama… you start to get space. Realise the total hopelessness of your predicament. You can’t get yourself out of being stuck anyway. And it is in that surrender into the hopelessness, herein lies the hope. You gotta let the horror show be to let the changes to occur.

— Ram Dass

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Thank You Plant Medicine Day – join our online sharing circle this Sunday!

To celebrate Thank You Plant Medicine Day this week, me and a couple of friends are hosting an online sharing circle this Sunday 21/2 at 2pm GMT for fellow folks who want to chat about and share their experiences with the plant medicines. Email lola.askarova@gmail.com for details if interested.

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Emptiness Survival Kit. Part 4: Change The Lens. Day 42: I Am Emptiness.

Blessing Of Lord Buddha by Chalermchai Kositpipat

You are emptiness.

I am emptiness. 

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Emptiness Survival Kit. Part 4: Change The Lens. Day 41: Emptiness Is A Way.

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Emptiness is a way. 

[It is also a lens].

 

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Emptiness Survival Kit. Part 4: Change The Lens. Day 40: Trust The Dharma.

Ram Dass by Gabriel Alcala

Trust the dharma. 

— Ram Dass 

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Emptiness Survival Kit. Part 4: Change The Lens. Day 39: I Truly Am It All Already.

I love who I am and what I have attracted to myself up until now. I do not need another thing or even one tiny change in order to be happy or complete.  I know in my heart that I am not going to get it all, but that I truly am it all already. The universe is endless, I am the universe, and therefore I am without boundaries. 

— Wayne Dyer

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