The Creative Life

It has been a while since I blogged. The new year began and life became busy after the usual January hiatus.  I have been finishing my novel – more than five years in the writing, and after numerous drafts – and wrestling with the issues raised by the creative process. For a long time I … More The Creative Life

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Summer

Rhythmic thrumming fills the night December lullaby Sydney swelters in the summer heat.   I rise early to walk in the freshness of the dawn. The trees reverberate with sound, their trunks festooned with cicada nymph shells. I pause to help an Orange Drummer hatchling, wings ensnared by the carapace. At 120 decibels, the noise is … More Summer

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One Day in Nice

Having just returned from my travels, and watching the ever-unfolding horrors of terrorism on the news, I am reflecting on experiences which indicate how much this perpetual threat is shaping our consciousness. My travels took me to Las Vegas to visit friends, just a fortnight before the Mandalay Bay slaughter. Weeks later I was in … More One Day in Nice

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Peace

Through meditation and self-enquiry Foundational peace is established With clarity and compassion The real work begins

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Gratitude

  I made my way along the tree-lined streets, through fallen leaves and the scattered petals of camellia blossoms. Enjoying the sunshine and the mild, late autumn weather, I began to enumerate all the blessings in my life, and to reflect on the fruits of gratitude practice. I reflected that, having received so much, whether … More Gratitude

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