On holiday last week, I was fortunate enough to have with me a copy of poet Kathleen Jamie’s wonderful book Findings. With its recurring themes – the wildlife and landscape of Scotland (peregrine falcons, corncrakes, the Edinburgh skyline), the things that attentiveness lays bare – it is a hard book to classify. Not quite travel … Continue reading Findings
Recently I wrote a post about the dubious tale of Ram Bomjon, a fifteen year old boy in Nepal, who is being talked about as the 'new Buddha'. Ram Bomjon has, according to his followers, been in meditation at the foot of a pipal tree, and has neither eaten nor taken anything to drink, for … Continue reading On Going Without Food.
There’s a beautiful quote from the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, who wrote, “Anxiety is there. It is only sleeping. Its breath quivers perpetually through man’s being.” I was reminded of this last month whilst on retreat, sitting in meditation feeling the breath of anxiety running through me, an unease with existence, a tremor. For Heidegger, … Continue reading The Machineries of Anxiety