Month: September 2021

Satya means The Truth, but it’s worth asking: What is Real? 

“The scientific truth is that we are contextualised, and inseparable from context. Therefore seeing problems as being “outside” us assumes that a technological approach will and can fix them. It can not.” (edited from Love is Green: compassion as responsibility in the ecological emergency, 2019, Vernon Press)  This truth is that we are interconnected, and […]

An extract from my third book on Yoga and the Ecological Emergency

Ahimsa  We are going to focus in this chapter on the first of the Yamas as the key attitude to open the doors of enlightenment. As I said in chapter one, Yama means death, since Yama was a god of death in Indian mythology. Death is the ultimate restraint, but also the ultimate liberator. We […]

Black swans, white geese

Being the odd one out, the unexpected one, is always hard. It was hard for my father, who reviled tourism as an industry that would help the economy in the Highlands of Scotland. He tried hard to work with landlords on understanding how better to allow natural systems to regenerate. In doing this, he was […]

Climate change is part of the ecological emergency: here’s what you can do

A GUIDE TO THE BODHISATTVA’S WAY OF LIFE by ACHARYA SHANTIDEVA Translated into English by Stephen Batchelor LIBRARY OF TIBETAN WORKS & ARCHIVES DHARAMSALA 1979 The Benefit of the Awakening Mind There is nothing here that has not been explained before And I have no skill in the art of rhetoric; Therefore, lacking any intention […]

The Glore river’s silent scream

The Glore river in County Mayo is a place very close to my heart. I have spent time at the Glore Mill and walked the labyrinths. I have stood and looked for fish in the river and seen the flickering shadow of a tail, the dappled shape still as a stone and then gone, the […]

Update on AntiVaxxers, Conspiracy Theorists, and Yoga

I’m getting more interested in how Yoga is presented. But I’ve also discovered that there’s a lot of misinformation out there around Yoga and its sister ‘science’, Ayurveda. Now, I’m not a big fan of Ayurveda (I’m doing a course right now, as it happens). In researching the post I put up about antivaxxers (scroll […]

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