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The following is from a chap who has just had a tumor removed from his brain and is now inevitably contemplating mortality and how he approaches the life he has left to live. The story which seems to make more sense to me than at any time in the past is this one: A man … Continue reading How Sweet The Taste – Living On The Edge ?
The following is a copy of a Facebook ‘post’ sent to me by the author who wanted me to have the opportunity to choose a book. Publishing here because….well, you can imagine why because. An Exercise in Letting Go (Or, ‘Let me give you a book.’) For a long time, I’ve felt like the dozens … Continue reading Letting Happiness In – Letting Go of Books ?
The quote below by Wendell Berry echoes a recent text conversation with a friend. The texts referenced a decision I’d made while on an early visit to Throssel in around 1979. I’d decided I would take the steps to become ordained as a monk. My decision was set in the context of a life which … Continue reading It’s The Impeded Stream That Sings ?
Last night I stayed on a 35 ft narrow boat (that’s NOT a barge), beside a canal, beside up market residential development. Beside train tracks running out of St Pancras mainline station. North London. The outfit, complete with canoe on the roof, owned by Julia a friend is tied up in a marina with its … Continue reading Another Life – Floating in London ?
Who knows what ‘wars’ were going on down in the valley on Sunday, much yelling going on. The Fells just carry on as usual in Autumn – being what they are. Have compassion for everyone you meet You do not know what wars are going on down there, where the spirit meets the bone. Lucinda … Continue reading Where Spirit Meets the Bone ?
How like life! To move forward? To tackle the obstacle? To turn back? Largely out of conscious awareness we face the obstacle and move. Or do a little dance freeze wonder and stall in the end we move. These large lambs in the Langdale Valley – wandered off to graze on the abundant green grass … Continue reading Meeting Life ?
#lovethelakes #cumbria #lakedistrict #picturecumbria Hold a true friend with both your hands. Nigerian Proverb Amen to that! And my new friend? Blencathera, mountain of all mountains. Last Monday I walked up one (of a number) of the ‘edges’ that lead to the top. Show More Summary
Let not this day end without acknowledging the truely decent, humble, dedicated and above all peaceful gathering of fungus explorers from Kew Gardens who I had the honour to go walk-about with today. Not only was it a window on a whole area of the natural world largely hidden from the naked eye but also … Continue reading Fabulous Fungus Fanciers! ?
The following is taken from an article titled What It’s Like To Die by Jennie Dear In her last couple of weeks, when my mother’s mind seemed to be floating off somewhere else most of the time, she would sometimes lift her arms into the air, plucking at invisible objects with her fingers. Once, I … Continue reading Explaining Death – Religion Meets Science ?
Time to inject some formal Buddhist teaching while I’m out and about appreciating this ‘warm snap’ we are having here in the North West of England. Nothing lasts though! And thank goodness for that! Rev. Master Koten of Lions Gate Buddhist Priory has recorded five talks giving instruction on how to meditate. Show More Summary
Return from Coniston Old Man from Mugo on Vimeo. Walking along a narrow pavement this afternoon, in walking shoes and wearing a small day pack (to carry shopping in), a woman stopped me. Have you got far to go? she inquired. Errrm, about 3 mins to get home I replied, wondering at the question. She … Continue reading Keeping on Walking ?
Yesterday I took a fairly long walk which included climbing up through old slate quarries to Coniston Old Man. And then returning to Coniston via historic Copper mines. It was a long walk, six hours or so, the sun was ‘out’ and the wind ‘down’. I met many people on the trail most memorably an … Continue reading Not Racing ?
Well this is really helpful for those grappling with the instruction to ‘let go’! Really, what does that mean in practice anyway and how do you ‘do’ that? In this post by Rev. Alicia she explains. Thank you Reverend and I’d like to think I had some part in your taking up this expression and … Continue reading What Letting Go – Isn’t? ?
Grant died on the 27th August 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. This video is remembering him and his impact on the people he worked with in the mental health field and his Buddhist friends and friends generally too. So sorry about the sound quality. It’s not easy to record out of doors on a phone. In … Continue reading On Fragrant Hill – Grant Remembered ?
Ricky Lightfoot @rickylightfoot was the chap who rescued the lamb on the West side of Great Gable when we were there, scrambling about, on May 31st. Little did we know he was wearing a GoPro. The video is edited down to just under 5 minutes but the rescue probably took longer. To date the video … Continue reading Lamb Rescue on West Side of Great Gable – Video ?
Behind this post is much pondering on why I, and others, do what we do. And the meaning we attribute to our lives and the living of it. Rio ’16 has had me thinking. Here now is an Out and About post on my most recent walk in Cumbria. (And I should mention that around … Continue reading Thoughtful in The Mountains ?
Richmond Park. London, Tuesday. A hidden gate leading to nowhere in particular. A hidden gem of an iron gate with remarkable detailing. And the park itself. Hardly hidden yet remarkable. A gem of an open rural playground. For all. Today marks the end of nearly three weeks away from home base. The way has been … Continue reading The Way – Going Nowhere In Particular ?
From a reader: I would like to thank you (Mugo) for the link to Reverend Saido’s video on The Four Noble Truths. I found it very helpful indeed, particularly his reference to the need for being careful in the event of the falling away of a ‘chunk’ of the ‘stuff’ pointed to in box one. … Continue reading Understanding Knowing ?
To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up. Oscar Wilde Chesterfield today. Church spire continues to spiral. Glad to be back on-line after substantial digital break.