Mindfulness Without Compassion

As I discussed in my last blog entry, this year I am focusing on being nice to people, being kinder and more compassionate to everyone and cultivate Metta (a Pali word for benevolence, friendship, etc often used in Buddhism). When asked by a friend recently why I have decided to spend time practicing being nice [...] Read more »

Compassionate Misanthropy

I have, over the last few posts, been discussing the often overlooked key to a slow and happy life and that is compassion; caring for the well being of other people (and animals, plants, and everything really), to recognise that we are all interconnected. In Alain De Botton’s excellent book “Status Anxiety” he discusses the [...] Read more »

Compassionate Practice

Buddhism has a very powerful meditation called Metta Bhavana or “Development of Compassion” which is an excellent exercise in developing loving kindest or friendship. Recent studies have suggested that regulate Metta practice can have positive effects on both your physical health and your mental well being. How To Do It There are six stages to [...] Read more »

Compassion: The Second Keystone of a Tortoise Mind

Compassion is not very fashionable nowadays. Our hare-brained society rewards and favours (and even deifies on some occasions) the rude, the aggressive and the self centred. Hare-brained people hide behind terms like “assertiveness” or “honesty” or “just telling it how it is”, when they are simply being rude, judgemental and self centred. They mock people [...] Read more »

The 3 Keys to a Slow and Happy Life

One of the reasons I stopped blogging so regularly was because, well, I was running out of things to say. You see, the Slow life is the simple life is the easy life. And, so in my quest to become slower, unflustered, uncomplicated and uncluttered, I often found that I was practicing the same things [...] Read more »