Kindness is what our mindfulness meditation is often missing, according to Buddhist teacher Venerable Ajahn Brahm. Last month in Bangkok I had the privilege of attending a one-day retreat with him, where he taught and guided us in ‘kindfulness’ meditation practice. Kindness… Mindfulness… Kindfulness. I’ve never heard the term before and I have to tell

One thing I love about being in Bangkok is the variety of hawker stalls lining the streets. They sell everything from fresh fruit to pad thai noodles cooked to order. On this trip, I’ve found a new vendor setting up in our soi (small street) each afternoon, and he sells one of my favourite indulgences:

Hey You, Stop Faking!!!

Monday, 23 February 2015 by

I received my first negative message today, from a random internet troll. It read: ‘Hey you, stop faking!!!’ It was nonsensical, of course, and after some digging around I surmised the author is some kind of conspiracy theorist with a UFO obsession. The internet is a strange place. I know I’m going to have to


Whenever the subject of meditation comes up with someone new, as it invariably does when one is about to publish a memoir about exploring the practice, I often get told, ‘I’d really like to meditate, but I can’t.’ ‘What makes you think that?’ I reply, at which point the person usually leans in towards me.