I like to overindulge in sense pleasures. My particular weakness is chocolate. What’s the big deal, right?? But I can’t stop at one square. Now really, what difference does too much chocolate make? What’s the big deal? Well, at it’s core even that small defiance violates dharma and agitates my mind. It steels my freedom. Continue reading “When something we really, really want to do is adharmic…”
Love of solitude is a vedanta value I surely do understand. It’s definitely one I don’t have to work on. It links in with an absence of craving for social interaction. I think I’ve found a way to ‘practice’ both at the same time as fulfilling a lifelong burning desire for freedom. I’m talking about going sailing. Continue reading “Reviving a family tradition”
‘Hard work, commitment, focus, claims the Bhagavad Gita, will get you whatever rewards you desire, in whatever quest you pursue, within reason. Therefore it is important to choose your quest well.’
My quest chose me…it was my job to look for the signs and keep up.
As a jiva I am very familiar and comfortable with change. I get awesome ideas, can’t help getting enthusiastic, then find myself gathering resources and turning them into reality. Problem is … I’m a Panglosian -‘characterized by or given to extreme optimism, especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity.’ It’s a happy way to live, but can bring unnecessary and unwanted drama and rajas into my life. For this reason, I’ve declared this my ‘Year of No’. Continue reading “My ‘Year of Not Yet’”
It’s the end of the year, and all around me people are hell-bent on finding the joy…. in the food they eat, the drinks they consume, the shopping they do and the holidays they enjoy. All fun in the moment. But then what? In a week they go back to their regular lives, all the joys spent and over. Memories stored up and feasted on until 50 more weeks have passed and it can all be re-enacted.
‘After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on — have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear — what remains?’ Walt Whitman
As an avid tennis player, I find myself with an interesting conundrum – I know the game is only an apparent game and doesn’t matter in the slightest, and at the same time I really do play to win and care about the outcome.
I feel I have a responsibility to play to the best of my ability in order to give my opponent the chance to play to the best of their ability.
That's tennis dharma.
I’m passionate about winning….in a dispassionate way.