Bedside Books

My current small pile of Bedside Books: 
Tao Te Ching - translated by Stephen Mitchell 
Chuang Tzu - translated by Thomas Merton 
Satchidananda - To Know Yourself (teachings) 
Wendell Berry - The Peace Of Wild Things 
Mary Oliver - Blue Horses 

I’ve also just recorded a selection from Walt Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’ as a bedtime story on Insight Timer App. If you’d like to be read to sleep, please do have a listen. Being read to is one of the most lovely things we can do for each other, even when we’re adults.

love

John

Terrorism in New Zealand

Terrorist attacks are always treated as one off events without really looking at the malignant roots which make such horrors inevitable, it always comes down to fear based delusion. 

We are not really this unconscious. We know deep down, we know, but we don’t change as there is so much profit to be made from madness and perpetuating fear. Only real awareness and the willingness and conviction to heal and be vulnerable enough to face what has been hidden will lead into real change and return us to love. 

Passing laws and bills only act as topical treatments for deep systemic malignancy. We each have the ultimate personal responsibility to bring what is unconsciously biasing us and causing false projections into the light to heal them. This takes the greatest courage. Nothing else will help. Nothing.

Bless you for holding presence. Bless those taken and their families and communities, and those without sight - lost in the desert of fear and illusion that they and we may become aware of our own fear and so begin to have the courage to know the truth of the nature of life within all things.

Love

John

The Power & Love of Being Read To

Whether we are an adult or a child being read to makes you feel comforted and cared for. It’s something we can do for each other that is so simple and kind that will deeply nourish our minds and souls.

Insight Timer have just launched a new Sleep section on their app which includies specially commissioned readings by some of their best loved teachers including yours truly.

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks making selections from 'Leaves of Grass' by Walt Whitman and recording them as a bedtime story for anyone who might enjoy being kindly read to. Leaves of Grass is considered to be one of the greatest and most inspiring and spiritual works of modern literature. 

In order to listen, you’ll need to get the free update for the app.

Authenticity & Conviction

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Good morning all. Am late to sit this morning, but it’s the turning up that matters. Turning up in our meditation = turning up in our lives = turning up for each other & the world. Just reflecting how easy to hide in ‘spirituality’ wishing the world would change, where actually given that we’re blessed and have grace to have these tools to know the ground of being, to know the sacred within ourselves and therefore know the world. It’s time, planet and people wise, we started letting that make us the grown ups in the room. Meditation is not something on the side, our soul is not a hobby, it’s real power. Perhaps it’s time to meet that and live from there with authenticity & conviction.

Love

John