Do You Want To?

“This is a beautiful garden. I’d like to have one just like it. How do you make a garden like this?” “Twenty years hard work.” “Never mind,” said Nasrudin. […]

Reconnecting What?

If you believe your life, this makes no sense. A waste of time. If you doubt, doors open. Narnia will never be the same. […]

Meditating over the Holidays — 10 Tips

With the inner and outer disruptions of the Holiday season, now more than ever a budding meditation practice can fall apart. But this is actually the very best time to keep your practice strong. Here are 10 tips for doing this. […]

Why Do You Practise?

Found in the novel Looking for Alaska by John Green. The book is unrelated to Sufism or spiritual practice, but this story popped up at a crucial time.

Rabe’a al-Adiwiyah, a great woman saint of Sufism, was seen running through the streets of her hometown, Basra, carrying a torch in one hand and a bucket […]

Working with Your Inner (and Outer) Critic

Image: a gargoyle of a nagging wife from a church in Grendon, Northamptonshire.

One of the best ways to avoid experience is to project material out onto others. Let’s take being critical as an example. Criticism is often a family disease, passed from generation to generation, which is why it can come up pretty sharply […]

Getting to the Good Bits

Meditation is a delicate balance. We’re in this because we want to end our suffering. That is renunciation, and is actually essential to a good practice. But when we start looking for a specific outcome, like enlightenment, balance, stability, etc., we just get even more confused. As long as “getting to the good bits” is […]

Thoughts and Feelings

A lot of people hold the assumption that the objective of meditation practice is to stop having thoughts and feelings. More specifically, that a “good” meditation session is one in which no thoughts or feelings arise. This is a mistake.

What is life? Life is what we experience. What do we experience? Thoughts, feelings, and […]