A Pserenade to Psilocybin

In my humble opinion, the 'magic' mushroom - for that's what it is - used in the right way, is one of the more remarkable tools for psychological wellbeing available to the human race. And yes I am well aware that to many people this statement will seem ridiculous,...

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Meditation, Consciousness, and the Curse of the iPad

Now I'm certainly no luddite but I've got a nagging bad feeling about the technological rampage that defines our modern world. Mindfulness aspirants beware, for testing times lie in wait. Since I bought an iPad I swear I've noticed a subtle but definite change in my...

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Is Travelling Escapism?: Confessions of a Nomad

I love to travel. I really love to travel. I seem to do it a lot, for months on end. I might be addicted. I love seeking warm air, sand, sun, sea, jungle, mountains and desert. I love the feeling of freedom. I love exploration. I love the exhilaration of discovery and...

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All The Wisdom You Need Lies Within

All the wisdom you need lies within. When we create the right conditions we connect with a higher knowledge that furnishes us with all the teachings we need to be whole. For me, tools for creating the right conditions have included meditation, ayahuasca, talking...

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On Being One Person: Reflections on Authenticity

How I yearn to be just one person. I'm tired of censoring myself. I'm fed up with thinking about how to present myself to one person or another. I've had enough of being a different person to everyone I meet. I wish to speak freely, to be myself, to not have to hide...

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Zen and the Art of Freediving

As part of enacting my life philosophy of trying as much as possible, engaging in exploration, and pushing the limits of what I'm comfortable with, towards the end of 2012 I spent two idyllic months on the tropical island of Gili Trawangan in Indonesia. 'Hang on', you...

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Is It Too Risky to Fall in Love?

Falling in love is like being high as a kite for days or weeks on end. In fact in this way you could say being with the one you love is a bit like smoking crack, and just as addictive. In love, we long for each other when we are apart and gain immeasurable pleasure...

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I Drink Therefore I Am?: Grappling With Alcohol and Mindful Living

Alcohol. That most delicious, horrid, elixir, poison, potion of passion, liquid of love, brew of bliss and drink of depression. How to relate to this curious drug? It depends who you ask - I know some people extremely averse to drinking while others would say you'd be...

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Vipassana: 10 Days of Silence

The ubiquitous Vipassana 10 day silent retreat is one of those things marked firmly on the to-do list of spiritual aspirants everywhere. It's impossible to travel in Asia without bumping into someone who's done one or is about to do one or who apparently wants to do...

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