Ground Control, I’m Coming Home

I haven’t written a post in over a week because I lost my routine and, when you don’t work, routine is such a very delicate thing that’s hard to get back. When working, it’s easy to feel stuck in a routine. When not working, it takes effort to remain in one. Everyone needs some levelContinue reading “Ground Control, I’m Coming Home”

Focus on the Present Moment

Excerpts from Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor (161-180) and Stoic philosopher. “At every moment keep a sturdy mind on the task at hand… doing it with strict and simple dignity, affection, freedom, and justice – giving yourself a break from all other considerations. You can do this if you approach each task as ifContinue reading “Focus on the Present Moment”

Auld Reekie

Before Edinburgh was being lauded as the ‘Athens of the North’, it contended with a less savoury reputation. The Auld Reekie, as Edinburgh is sometimes still affectionately called, means ‘Old Smokey’ in the Scots dialect. Although the city is now renowned for its architectural splendour and beautiful natural surroundings, things were quite different in theContinue reading “Auld Reekie”

What is your mantra today?

A mantra is a word or phrase repeated during meditation. In Sanskrit it means ‘tool of thought’ and it’s used to harness and focus the mind. In Eastern spiritual traditions, ‘Aum’ is considered to be the root mantra and primal sound from which all creation issues forth. But mantras are not unique to Hinduism orContinue reading “What is your mantra today?”