Showing posts from September, 2016

Going a bit deeper

Not wishing to leave you with half a story, this follows on from my other post 'go deep' - I felt myself shying away from continuing, but, you never know. Hang on to your hats, as it becomes a more of a story as we delve into the mind - the language and words become a little more fantastic.

So then, we have let go of our regular concerns and we are gathered in our body and mind, just a creature resting within ourselves, quiet and still. This allows the background workings of the mind to become available to our awareness. We may notice sprinklings of light, a flux of sensations, sparkles coming and going. We may recognise light in the mind and see it like a flock of starlings whooshing in sweeping waves in response to the bodily sensations of breathing. We may experience a flush of pleasure in the body and see it tingle through the mind's eye. We feel an invitation to go deeper and the mind seemingly becomes brighter - we may feel like we are sitting under floodlights. P…

Vegetable and coconut curry

Here's a tasty vegetable curry I knocked together the other day - rich, flavoursome and satisfying.
Olive oil for frying Black mustard seeds 1 star anise 1 cinnamon stick 1 sachet of creamed coconut Garlic, ginger and a small onion - chopped up 1 tin of tomatoes Cumin, coriander, turmeric, chilli seeds Salt and pepper
2 courgettes 1 butternut squash 1 cauliflower 1 yellow pepper About 200ml of vegetable stock
1. Add some oil to a large pan. Add the mustard seeds, star anise and cinnamon. Put the heat on and wait until the mustard seeds start popping. 2. Add the ginger, garlic and onion. Fry for a minute. 3. Add the courgettes and pepper. Keep frying for a minute. 4. Add the remaining spices and keep on frying for a minute. 5. Now add the tomatoes and coconut. Add some vegetable stock so the mixture is loose. 6. Add the butternut squash. Boil gently for 10 minutes. 7. Add the cauliflower. Boil gently for about 15 minutes until the cauliflower is done.
Delicious. Sprinkle with cashew nut…

We are all thinking the same thoughts

The older I get, the more I realise we are all thinking the same thoughts (mainly because we are living in the same world). This has become even clearer with the widespread adoption of social media - in fact, we are so samey it almost becomes boring. This is perhaps a good thing - you might also like to play with the idea that we are all variations of one person.
Anyway, we receive broadly similar stimuli and broadly the same thoughts pop into our heads. From there, our particular conditioning shapes what we do next - we verbalise, we internalise, we blame, we love, we forgive - all these responses is what philosophers have been mulling over ever since they had a chance to wonder about such things. It turns out that our responses are governed by our early life conditions and whether we were raised poor or with abundance. Not surprisingly, if you were raised poor then your response is generally not going to be as positive as someone who was raised with plenty - but let's not go ther…