Consuming vs Creating: finding clarity at Costco

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The other morning I had a bit of a crisis about my writing and my purpose. With red eyes and the sort of lethargy which comes from a morning spent sobbing on the bed in my bath towel, I tagged along with a friend on a shopping trip in an attempt to shut down my pity party. First, we hit a few flea markets, which I loved. From old baby strollers to sofas to artwork, I perused the dusty offerings … Keep reading…

Peace is a discipline and God is the eye of the hurricane

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I used to think that discipline meant mindless dedication, but have since come to realise that the word, derived from the word disciple, means ‘student of.’ I’ve recently learned that in order to have peace, I must lovingly dedicate myself to learning about it. If I want peace, I must love it more than I love drama; I must love it more than I love being liked. To have peace I must value it more than I value having the … Keep reading…

The long, hot Mexican summer: an update

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I think it’s safe to say we survived the long, hot Mexican summer! We arrived at our house sitting assignment in La Peñita de Jaltemba (don’t know where it is? Yeah, neither did we!) just over two months ago and it was HOT AS HELL. I settled into the high humidity by reassuring myself that my skin is always better in the tropics and threw myself into pool maintenance so I had someplace nice to cool off. Of course the … Keep reading…

The importance of Showing Up

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I’ve got it!! I’ve finally got it!! After all my searching and asking and experimenting, I have discovered the most important practice in the universe: Showing Up. That’s it. It’s really that simple. Okay, I didn’t say it was easy. Not at all. Far from it, but it is simple. Just. Show. Up. Showing Up has been a theme for me of late. I became acutely aware of Showing Up when I committed to a daily meditation practice, which was … Keep reading…

The day Kim Kardashian stood me up

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I was scrolling through instagram the other week and saw that my friend, Kim Kardashian was staying just an hour down the road in Punta Mita, along with her husband Kanye West and their baby daughter North. Punta Mita #mexiconightswithmysexyman “Perfect!” I thought as I quickly invited her and her ‘fam’ over for a pool party the following day via a comment on her instagram feed. I didn’t hear back, but I hadn’t asked for an RSVP so I took … Keep reading…

Why I meditate

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I don’t meditate to be cool. I don’t meditate to become more spiritual. I meditate because there is a window of about half a second between the moment I open my eyes and the crush of thoughts which descend upon my being like a plague of wasps. They are jumbled and quick and fleeting and overwhelming. Wearily, I grab some water, a stick of incense and maybe some pants, put the coffee on downstairs for when Tyrhone wakes up and … Keep reading…

Transcend

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#soulshots is a series I’m creating over the summer as an expression of my inner journey. #Soulshots provide immunity to fear and guard against the suffering which arises when we forget we are made from and for Love. You are not your past. You are not your parents. You are not what you have done or what has been done to you. You are none of those things. You are not your sadness, or even your happiness. You are not … Keep reading…

Showing up for Peace

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It’s rare that I send out two posts in a day, but I felt an incredible urge to get this one out (which I first wrote a week ago) before the Global Gathering for Peace tomorrow. Thank you, as always, for reading. In the wake of so many large scale atrocities occurring on the planet, including but not limited to the Malaysian Airlines disaster, the conflict between Israel and Palestine, the war in Syria and the mistreatment of asylum seekers … Keep reading…

The ride of my life

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Here in the Riviera Nayarit on Mexico’s Pacific coast there are early morning beach walks, delicious meals and lots of relaxing by the pool to be had. But my favourite days are Tuesdays and Saturdays when I drive forty minutes south to the surfing town of Sayulita to attend a recovery meeting. At first I thought it would be a bit of a drag driving so far to go to a meeting. They do have meetings here in La Peñita, … Keep reading…

The day Mexico lost

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The day Mexico lost to Holland in the world cup, we woke early to sip strong coffee on the roof terrace and watch the sun rise over the mountains. Deciding to take an early morning road trip, we bundled into the car and headed north on winding jungle roads. The town of Chacala was just waking up as we padded along its shores in the post-dawn light. We kept driving. The road snaked through hillsides and dense green jungle. We … Keep reading…