The Deckchair Diaries – Spring 2013

The problem with writing a block or trying to be active on the myriad of social networking sites out there is you tend to “blogify” (or “twitterify” or “facebookify”, or “socialnetworkofthemomentify”) your life. You are constantly looking for ways to spin experiences into a pithy, fun or informative posts, comments or tweets. You start to [...] Read more »

Zen and the Art of Zen

I first got into Buddhism when I was 19. I remember it very clearly, surprisingly so since I was drunk at the time. I was rambling to a friend of a friend I had just been introduced to in a bar in Cheltenham, I was expounding my current thoughts about life the universe and everything [...] Read more »

Getting Rid of Want 3: Mindfulness

“Poverty is not the absence of goods but rather the overabundance of desire” – Plato Mindfulness is best described by John Kabat-Zinn as “…paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Being mindful of the present moment can reduce habituation and therefore craving. In one study of habituation, 3 [...] Read more »