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5. Reflections on a Gift of India

Small children

I am going to be careful with this blog and only go as far as C.S. Lewis went.  I do not enjoy the company of small children.  I also don’t expect to have them alongside me constantly at an Ayurvedic Retreat, right?  Wrong, this is India.

The Indians love their children which is doubtlessly a sign of health whilst I . . .

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September 02, 2016

4. Reflections on a Gift of India

Call it sleep

I fell asleep last night at 11:20 pm and then the vast amount of pink Ayurvedic water I drink forced me up and out of bed.  I wondered if it was after 6 am.  On the way back from the loo I checked and it was 3:44 in the morning.

I tried not to think and so lay back in bed.  At home in the UK I can usually rejoin the sleep . . .

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September 01, 2016

3. The Barbados Papers

Standing barefoot in the dark

It is day one for me in Barbados, and the clock hands swing on.  I have now been awake 18 hours. Gretchen, my new friend and next-door neighbour, has gone to get my landlady whom I have yet to meet.  I can hear them outside.

- She's arrived has she?  

That would be Mariette.

Mariette, my new landlady, calls a short . . .

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August 31, 2016

3. Reflections on a Gift of India

Sticking to my guns and setting them down

I see that in bringing my writing out people might hold mirrors up and want things but I am going to stick to my guns.  This sentence may not make a lot of sense to anyone who has never had their creativity co-opted. I will reference childhood again here even though 'get over it' is what a harsh critic might say.  My experience is . . .

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August 28, 2016

2. Yoga Practice for a Modern World

Restoring your flow of energy

You may not notice at first when your energy starts to shut down.  If you are sensitive too much screen time and too long a telephone call can be cause enough.  For the hardier amongst us too many late nights on Netflix and too much take-away food can do it.  You are sitting at your desk or you are walking down the street and . . .

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August 24, 2016

2. The Barbados Papers

88 Sand Trove

Why The Barbados Papers?

Because I woke up with that title and I am in the mood to write a book.  Because I moved there lock, stock and barrel and I found it too difficult a place to live.  Because Papers is bureaucratic and officious and that’s what the public sector there was.  Papers is also old world and . . .

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August 20, 2016

2. Reflections on a Gift of India

Turning on the tap

I am at my desk in India and now it is day 14 of my fresh-hatched life. I really do have the feeling I went from being a writer on the inside waiting, to becoming someone else.  

Myself but manifesting as an excited writer, writing.

My family of friends in India appear to be dealing with me normally.

I am still wearing the . . .

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August 17, 2016


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