a transformative affair

I started blogging on February 8, 2004 at 2:32 PM. I’ve been hooked on it ever since. But then monetisation happened, social media happened, and the blogosphere changed forever. And that’s fine. What’s not fine is that people continue to ignore the fact that they don’t own their social media accounts. And if you’ve been […]

embrace your questions

Self-questioning. It’s a simple phrase, yet profoundly powerful. I’ve been thinking a lot about the value of looking inward through self-questioning. It’s too easy to accept your thoughts and feelings at face value instead of digging deeper to see what you might find beyond the surface conversations we have with ourselves. Not going deeper is […]

Friday, 17 August 2023

My friends are divided. Some of them are superfans of ChatGTP and use it for everything, especially helping them with their writing. Others can’t stand it and go out of their way to make sure that people know that their writing is 100% human-crafted. As a fan of folks like William Burroughs and Kathy Archer, […]

The Art of Paying Attention: What Sappho’s Poetry Teaches Us

Stopping to smell the roses. Living in the moment. Being present. These familiar maxims speak to something many of us struggle with: the art of paying attention. In our distraction-filled world, concentrating intently on the present is increasingly rare. Yet the ancient Greek poet Sappho provides a model for mindful awareness and engagement with the […]

a pathway back to our natural state

I stumble out my front door just in time to see the sun begin to peak its head above the horizon. I take a deep breath of cool, crisp air. After 23 years, I still haven’t gotten used to what passes as summer weather here in the UK. I let that thought subside. Better to […]

Turn down the noise

So here’s the thing: life is super loud right now. There are all kinds of people shouting about what you should do, what you should want, and who you should be. It’s crazy! It’s like being at a drone metal concert where the music is just noise.1 But in and amongst this noise is a […]

The practice of intentional living

Last week, I introduced the concept of “misliving,” a term used to describe a life lived without direction or intention. I emphasised the importance of living intentionally to avoid finding ourselves in this position. To recap, intentional living is a lifestyle where you consciously choose actions that reflect your personal beliefs, values, and goals. It’s […]

Pascal’s Wager: a dialogue

Pascal’s Wager is a philosophical argument put forward by the 17th century French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist Blaise Pascal. The argument is a pragmatic reasoning in favor of belief in God and is found in his posthumously published work Pensées. Clay: Monsieur Pascal, you are known for your philosophical wager on the existence of God. […]

Soul Surfing

You stare at your reflection in the mirror, searching for answers to the age-old question: “Who am I?” The face that stares back at you is familiar, yet somehow foreign. You study the lines etched into your skin, the colour of your eyes, the shape of your nose, as if these physical attributes hold the […]