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.
I’ve been looking for this poem for years! I first saw it at The British Museum’s Aztec exhibition ages ago and found it recently in the old photos. The poem is by Cacamatzin, the Aztec ruler of Texcoco (source here). Cacamatzin was more of a poet than a ruler and was murdered during the Spanish invasion. He sensed his impending death. His poem is about impermanence of our existence, regardless of status or achievements.
‘Who is spared in the end from leaving? Despite all his gold and his jade, is a man not bound to go there? Am I a shield set with turquoise? A stone secured in a mosaic? Will I ever walk this earth again? Will they shroud me in fine mantles? Here on earth, I think of those who ruled before me, as the place of sounding drums draws near.’
I heard a lot about vipassana. It sounded like a very demanding practice, something next level – 10 days spent in silence as a minimum. The idea of silence meditation always appealed but 10 days of it, mostly sitting and meditating, I am not sure I can do it… After reading about Leo Cosendai’s DIY vipassana and watching this amazing documentary (have tissues on hand around 48:00), I feel inspired and am adding it to the list of practices to try next year. Have you tried vipassana? How did it go?
I have not followed Tim Ferriss in a while. A friend has sent me his latest podcast episode and he mentions this film, “Trip of Compassion”, about MDMA trials in Israel to treat PTSD. What a powerful film. How can we not use psychedelics if they help human suffering!
If you or someone you know suffer from PTSD and traditional treatments have not helped, there are MDMA trials ongoing around the world, check maps.org.
I found this image ages ago in one of Nat Geo magazines, I think! It was with me and inspired my practice for years. The serene, soft gaze of Buddha guided me in my quest for inner peace, compassion and universal, conscious love.
I am about 15 years late to the party 🙂 but I finally watched “House”. I am a massive medical show fan but the obnoxiousness of the main character kept me from watching it for a while. I loved the song that plays in the finale, it echoes the buddhist message that our problem is that we think we have time… Today and now, fellow nomads, now or never! Get. It. Done.
As you know, I love trying new practices that allow me to prod my unconscious 🙂 While researching what next practice to try, I learned that FloatWorks offer floating in a sensory deprivation tank (ok, pod) in London and I dived straight in 🙂 This is what the pod looks like:
It is a strange experience – you are left in a room by yourself with what looks like an alive (water filter is on) giant jacuzzi with a lid. Continue reading →