Why do we need to be mindful?

  It’s a lovely word, “mindful.” And it’s used a lot these days. From the Buddhist point of view, there are states of mind that are neurotic and unhappy (attachment, anger), some that are positive and productive (love, generosity), and then there’s a third lot,...

There are two modes of meditation

  There are two modes of meditation. The accomplishment of the first one is single-pointed concentration and the accomplishment of the second is called insight.    What the world vaguely knows as mindfulness is a version of the first mode. And it’s...

Good behaviour

When we think about spiritual practice we usually imagine meditation, or prayer, or something mystical and out of the ordinary. When our mother exhorted us to “behave nicely” I’m quite sure we didn’t think she was giving us spiritual advice! But she was. A genuinely...

Success on our own terms

Success. It’s a sweet-sounding word. Optimistic, buoyant, confident. Our lives are full of occasions of success, big and small. A day is successful when everything goes smoothly. We had a successful meeting. The bid at the auction was successful. The party was a great...

What is love for others? And what is love for self?

We talk a lot about loving ourselves – but what does it actually mean? In relation to others, I think we could say that genuine love is our heartfelt wish that they be happy and our delight for them when they are happy. And how we’d show it would be to do whatever we...