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What I’ve learned from not exercising for two hours a day..

Ever since I left full time employment and started to work for myself, I’ve developed an increasing fixation on my health. I thought, with the time to really devote to it, I would finally be able to get thin. It turns out that I may have been mistaken in this apprehension and one way or another, it has been impressed upon me that my focus on being healthy was, well, somewhat unhealthy. Over the last few weeks I have decided,...

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Quiet days

There is an odd no mans land that I enter into when I am expecting a big project to arrive. It’s a completely different feeling to the days just post the completion of a project and even more removed from the feeling I have when I don’t know where the next project is coming from. There is a kind of tension in the air. A feeling that I don’t know exactly what’s coming and it could mean working crazy long days and...

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Keeping my cool

In my yoga class yesterday my amazing teacher Jacqueline told us to put in about 2% effort. The idea being not to strive. Take your your time, don’t force anything, embrace what is and just go with it. That’s easy to do in yoga class. It’s not always easy to do in life. We’re taught from a very early age that we have to try hard. We have to be prepared, ready for action and always on top. Not doing that, accepting...

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Are the things we have been taught are sensible actually quite stupid?

This morning I was listening to Alan Watts. I like Alan Watts. As much as he’s famed for bringing Eastrn Philosophy to wider acclaim in the Western world, an awful lot of what he says is just plain good sense. For instance, his comments on work. If you want to hear the talk you can find it on YouTube, ‘What would you do if money was no object?’. His argument is that if you think money is the most important thing, then...

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Is criticism the same as censure?

My father has a favourite saying: ‘I may not agree with what you have to say but I will defend, to the death, your right to say it.’. He’s been saying it a lot recently as we have been disagreeing on certain political issues. I tend to work on the theory that when a political figure has proved themselves to espouse immoral and questionable perspectives, it is important to take a second look at all their other...

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