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Japan – a poem

Japan – a poem

An experiment with experiential learning Brought me back Seven years had passed Since I called Tokyo my home Like an ex-lover Familiar but different A flood of memories In the streets, big and small The love and the hate I once felt for the city, for the culture and for a boy Fused, buried A different self, many life times ago Filled with paradoxes Racism to extremes Celebritised or despised Aliens swimming in a foreign sea of manicured faces Designer top to toe Toy cars, Read more [...]

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Blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

On Tuesday 18 June, I shook hands and looked into the eyes of the man who seems to be the happiest man in the world—His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. More than meeting him, at the end of our event I received a blessing from him. It was very real but also surreal. As one might imagine, it takes a lot of work and preparation, and a bit of stress. Ok, a lot of stress. Every detail must be taken care of. Every person must have a seat, but no seat should be empty. This Read more [...]

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One Drum: A film about a road trip from New York City to Rio De Janeiro

One Drum: A film about a road trip from New York City to Rio De Janeiro

On 7th day of the 7th month, 2007, I met a person who would inspire a change in my life. He lit a spark of creativity inside me, and pointed to the possibilities that exist if you just fucking go. Soon after our chance encounter (and kiss), I stumbled across his blog www.nyc2rio.com: On September 13th, 2007 we’re driving out of New York City on an adventure through Central and South America, en-route to Rio De Janeiro. Aside from making it there in one piece, our journey is about the experience Read more [...]

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Honouring Outrage: Celebrating Courage in Paris

Honouring Outrage: Celebrating Courage in Paris

On 2 May 2013, in Paris, my colleagues and I represented the Sydney Peace Foundation at the Australian Ambassador’s Residence in Paris, where we awarded a posthumous Gold Medal for Human Rights to Stéphane Hessel for his life-long contribution to building a more peaceful and just society. Stéphane Hessel was a German born Jew whose family fled to France who became a fighter in the French Resistance where he was captured, tortured and escaped execution by the Nazis. On returning to Paris Read more [...]

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In the “flow” in Cambodia

In the “flow” in Cambodia

“If you’re aiming for a goal that isn’t your destiny, you will always be swimming against the current… Find out what your destiny is and the river will carry you.”—Men Who Stare At Goats. Nicola’s comment on my 2010 blog post on Optimal Trajectory  reminded me of this philosophy. As I blogged last week, there are times in life where you are “in the flow”, and times when you are swimming against the tide. When your destiny is carrying you, it can feel as if there are green lights all Read more [...]

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Living authentically, and its anxieties

Living authentically, and its anxieties

I am far too aware of my being-towards-death. While Heidegger calls this “authenticity”, I call it “frick’n annoying” and a “tad bit depressing”. But it’s too late now. My ignorance is gone and like when you see a huge zit on someone’s face, it’s hard to then go back to ignoring it. For all it’s frustrations there may be something to it: an awareness of death leads to more conscious decisions in the way you live life. Awareness of death makes you reflect on what you care about, and encourages Read more [...]

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The pain of remaining tight

"The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" —Anais Nin Throughout my yoga class on Wednesday my teacher repeated the quote: "The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom"... Yoga is not about stretching and fitness, although these are nice side effects. Yoga is about opening the body, the mind and the spirit—but most of all it is about connection. The Sanskrit word yoga Read more [...]

Thoughts, actions, habits, destiny

In yoga last week my teacher drew attention to our thoughts. She said something along the lines of "our thoughts become our actions, our actions become our habits, our habits become our character, and our character determines our destiny." This related to my current research project that is looking at connections between narratives and peace (which I have been madly trying to finish for the last year, hence the lack of blogging...) Our thoughts are made up of narratives. Because we live in Read more [...]

Thoughts on a morning walk

On my walk this morning: -       I realised that truth, reality, and illusion, are completely relative and self created -       the truth of a religion is truth for that person, it is made real by the stories that are told, and because each moment is in a way timeless, these truths are eternally real -       yet when truths are examined from different layers, from groups, from societies, from species, from planets, different truths, realities and illusions are illuminated. -       Read more [...]

Thinking about Compassion, and signing the Charter

Call it procrastination or maybe even research, I've been spending a bit of time over the past week catching up on YouTube, RSA, TED Talks and general online initiatives connecting with my interests in peace, justice, environmental sustainability, technology and holistic worldviews. Today I stumbled across the Charter for Compassion: I remember author and scholar Karen Armstrong's TED Talk, which won the 2008 TED Prize. Armstrong talks about how the Abrahamic religions -- Islam, Read more [...]

2013

I enjoy looking back and observing my year in the photos and comments, to see what I have been reading, talking about, thinking about. In 2013 my blog posts were few and far between, indicative of a year consumed by events I organised through the Sydney Peace Foundation, trips to Cambodia, Paris, London and Tokyo, and trying to finish and submit my MPhil thesis. Something had to be compromised, and in 2013 is was my blogging. I miss it. I miss reflecting and sharing my thoughts. I miss the Read more [...]

2012

 2012 in review “Just Relax” “Forget” “Breathe” Jan 05, 2012 | Do you ever tell yourself to “just relax” and then continue to do the very opposite? Or tell yourself to “forget it”. Or “frick’n focus!” And then find it impossible? Well that what happened to me today. Then it reversed itself in a way I didn't expect. It started with a 75-minute hot yoga class at Y Yoga, my health retreat since arriving in Vancouver. Today was different: a hundred and one thoughts Read more [...]

Adventure

Japan – a poem
Japan – a poem

An experiment with experiential learning Brought me back Seven years had passed Since I called Tokyo

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Truth

Thoughts on a morning walk
Thoughts on a morning walk

On my walk this morning: -       I realised that truth, reality, and illusion, are completely

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Beauty

Global wealth pyramid – Credit Suisse
Global wealth pyramid – Credit Suisse

If your total wealth is over 1 million dollars you are in the top 0.5% of the global wealth pyramid.

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Peace

The pain of remaining tight
The pain of remaining tight

"The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloss

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Random Life Stuff

2013

I enjoy looking back and observing my year in the photos and comments, to see what I have been readi

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