Wisdom and folly: The myth of Daedalus and Icarus

Wisdom and folly: The myth of Daedalus and Icarus

Many years ago, the island of Crete was ruled by the cruel King Minos. One day he summoned to the island a famous inventor called Daedalus, who brought with him his son, Icarus, to do a job for the King. Minos had the inventor build a great palace for him, within...
Practice: Following the out-breath into awareness

Practice: Following the out-breath into awareness

Follow each out-breath and connect with a sense of letting go. Notice where the out-breath is moving to. Then pause, for a moment, in the silence between the out-breath and the next in breath. You can try this for 2-3 breaths, or longer if you like. What do you...
Presence practice: Inhabiting the hands

Presence practice: Inhabiting the hands

In this practice we will shift the centre of experience from the head to the hands which will help facilitate a greater sense of calm and equanimity. Begin by holding your hands out in front of you and practice seeing your hands. Notice all the detail – colour, shape,...
Practising presence: Where am I?

Practising presence: Where am I?

When we get lost in the midst of daily activity, we can come back to ourselves, to the soothing space of our own presence, at any time. A useful entry point is simply asking: ‘Where am I right now?’ This question serves a double purpose. We begin to notice our...
Self-inquiry: Who am I in the space between two thoughts?

Self-inquiry: Who am I in the space between two thoughts?

Who are you in the space between two thoughts? Our conceptual mind creates the idea of a self – a solid, stable, separate entity at the centre of our experience. But when we investigate and look a little closer this self is elusive and hard to find. Where is the self...