Help, I’m tired of myself

This is an Asking For Help blog, where I answer a question (from myself or others) with a slogan chosen at random from my book, ‘What Helps: Sixty Slogans to Live By‘. Question: Yesterday I got lost on social media again, after saying I wasn’t going to, and I feel so tired of myself and my various dysfunctions – I come […]

Help, I’m excited but confused

Here’s the first in my new series of Asking For Help blogs, where I answer a question (from myself or others) with a slogan chosen at random from my book, ‘What Helps: Sixty Slogans to Live By‘. Question: I’m thinking about making some big changes in my work, and I’m excited but also confused about how much […]

Roselle Angwin Says: This Helps

Here is the last of our interviews to celebrate my new book, ‘What Helps: Sixty Slogans to Live By‘, with Zen practitioner and poet Roselle Angwin. Over to Roselle! What are your three favourite slogans? 1 ‘Be kind – everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.’ (Plato, to my constant surprise.) 2 ‘Looking into the heart of light, […]

Susannah Conway Says: This Helps

Today we welcome Susannah Conway, who has been inspiring people through her blog, courses and books for more than a decade. This is the latest interview in celebration of my new book, ‘What Helps: Sixty Slogans to Live By‘. What is your favourite slogan? “Go gently”. This is what my paternal grandmother would say to me when we said […]

Terrance Keenan Says: This Helps

Today we welcome monk, writer & artist Terrance Keenan – first I fell in love with his book, Zen Encounters with Loneliness, and then I was lucky enough to become his friend. It’s an honour to have him here today. This is the latest interview in celebration of my new book, ‘What Helps: Sixty Slogans to Live By‘. […]

Sas Petherick Says: This Helps

Today we welcome the lovely Sas Petherick, whose humour, sass 🙂 and down-to-earth wisdom I admire. This is the latest interview in celebration of my new book, ‘What Helps: Sixty Slogans to Live By‘. What slogan helps you?  ‘Nothing good gets away’. This was written by John Steinbeck to his son. How does this slogan help you? Reminding myself of […]

Kodo Nishimura Says: This Helps

Today we welcome the gorgeous Kodo Nishimura, a Pureland Buddhist monk and an international make-up artist. This is the latest interview in celebration of my new book, ‘What Helps: Sixty Slogans to Live By‘ – the others are here. What slogan helps you? Be honest to yourself. How does this slogan help you? It is very easy to […]

Really? Just as I am?

I have faith that we are all acceptable just as we are. I have passed this on to many people, and I have seen it bear fruit in their lives. It’s the name of our Buddhist book, and ‘just as you are’ is the most important slogan in my new book. This doesn’t mean that we are perfect […]

Luisa A. Igloria says: This Helps

Today I’d like to introduce poet Luisa A. Igloria, the latest interview in celebration of my new book, ‘What Helps: Sixty Slogans to Live By‘. What slogan helps you? The one I think of most of the time is an Ilocano saying. Both my parents were/are Ilocano, and I remember my elders offering it in various […]

My trip to Kyoto

A few days ago I returned from Kyoto, where Kaspa and I had spent a couple of weeks on our first half-holiday half-pilgrimage to the city where our form of Buddhism was founded. What have I brought home with me? Apart from a love of heated toilet seats… We witnessed a lot of beauty on our […]