On being our own mothers

Today I framed this baby Satya, so she can sit on the bookshelf just to the right of my desk. I am slowly getting better at looking after the little Satya that is still inside me. For years I didn’t listen to her. I ignored her fear when I was out of my depth, and […]

Taking care of the temple

Remember that at any given moment there are a thousand things you can love.  ~ David Levithan This morning I lugged plant pots up and down two flights of stairs, washed slippers, tidied out some drawers and cleaned away drifts of incense dust, and it made me very happy. It’s been too long since Kaspa & I […]

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 […]