Category: philosophy

Retreats, Classes, Books, Heritage Week, and The Burren Retreat Centre

I do hope you will feel free to contact me to discuss any of the offerings mentioned above. The world keeps turning and as the editorial in the local newspaper (The admirable Avondhu) said this week, it’s important we note not just the woes of the world, but the bright beauty in the flowers (particularly the wildflowers, folks! Look at the loveliness of buttercups and daisies too!). We will not change anything much with resentment, blame or hostility. But kindness is as cyclical, inevitable and enduring in our psyches as spirals of the galaxies or as existence itself.

Yoga, philosophy, and circulation

I didn’t know I was going to write about philosophy and circulation but a couple of things have happened over the past few weeks and months (maybe years…) and like the proverbial iceberg, there’s probably more going on beneath the surface than I’ve acknowledged. Time for a wake up call. I’m in the throes of […]

Ukraine and Peace

(this was published on Medium, where I publish most of my thoughts – and until I work out how to link the two, this is how I’m going to do it!) There are three ‘topics’ on Medium that relate to Ukraine and peace. There are six that relate to Ukraine and war. Far more of […]

This is a mathematical arrangement by Roger Penrose

What is “the more-than-human world”?

The “more-than-human world” may have signified the animals, plants, fungi, and lichens when it first came into use, but it reaches far beyond that into the soil, the rock, the heat at the core of the planet and the cold vastness of space, to the quantum and quark. 

This is a mathematical arrangement by Roger Penrose

To be free is an attitude

It takes a huge amount of effort, and it is a practice. It takes the kind of effort that a bird, lifting from water, must make, all its energy focused on lifting into the air.

Attitude is spirit

Yoga focuses on how to live, as does my post-doctoral research. The key is compassionate attunement. All change begins with attitude, and all attitude begins with attitude to the self. Dan Dennett, a brilliant philosopher and a fearless defendant of humane atheism, contends that we atheists must reclaim the notion of spirit as it’s understood […]

This is a mathematical arrangement by Roger Penrose

Current Course: ECOnnect Patanjali!

Anna asked what I wanted to achieve on Linkedin. My reply came to me as I was dreaming. I find, increasingly, that setting yourself a question or a problem or issue to consider during sleep is a fantastic way to put your subconscious to work. 

Love is Green: yoga meets philosophy in the ecological emergency

I need to find a way to open a discussion about this. Let’s start talking about what it means to practice compassionate attunement, practice realisation, to understand that the way of doing something is just that, The Way, since it embodies attitude, quality, a means of being the instrument of love.  Responding to the ecological […]

This is a mathematical arrangement by Roger Penrose

The Way

I think this is what sages have been talking about for generations. Thich Nhat Hahn has said this time and again.Jesus of course could be said to have said this: I am The Way. But the I that he referred to is itself The Way. It is love, compassion, and the cooperation of all things with each other that we have the possibility of becoming one with. 

This is a mathematical arrangement by Roger Penrose

How to sea

we’re utterly dependent upon how we see for how we respond. Where we see ourselves as boundaried, and see those boundaries as under threat, we react to protect just ourselves.