Growing Success

“Isn’t it the wrong time of year to prune roses?” said my neighbour, two weeks ago, as we both took our bins out. “Should I be pruning mine too?” he asked with the willingness of an eager apprentice. He is a long-time househusband. He has run his house and children and acted as a support person for his wife’s busy career as competently as any housewife could. However, he is not quite so happy with his garden. Although respectable, he says it is lacking in comparison with other gardens he admires.

“No, don’t prune your roses,” I said. “It’s still summer. It’s hot. It’s the wrong time of year but you know me; I garden by instinct.” Continue reading “Growing Success”

The Love of Devotion: Chapters 5 & 6


Past Teachers

One never forgets one’s past teachers or disciplines. Such allegiances are forever enshrined in our heart and continue to help, inspire, and mould us. They are pivotal to our development and our total and absolute devotion to them secures the progress which blossoms from that commitment. The cemented bond between teacher and student surpasses time and space, and the love of a teacher can be beckoned whenever requested. Further, one often has an ongoing commitment to the other students of a teacher and, indeed, the entire group of that pathway. Nevertheless, in spite of loyalties, our inner spiritual drive will take its own path through the terrain it determines is best. It will have its own timing and will guide us to whoever is most beneficial to the next stage of our growth. Continue reading “The Love of Devotion: Chapters 5 & 6”

End of Year Clean-Out

I have been having a major clean-out of my house. These days, I live in a small inner-city house. After living in a big home for a long time, there were numerous clean-ups to get to the point of fitting into the little house. Three years have passed and it seemed time to reassess what was genuinely useful or beautifying and what was clutter. Continue reading “End of Year Clean-Out”

Love’s Longing: Chapter 3 – The Love of Lovers

Pull to Partner
Almost universally, there is a strong pull within people to partner. If the pull is absent, it is usually because it has been replaced with an aversion to partnering which is the other side of the same coin. The pull to partner serves many beneficial functions. However, it is also the cause of endless heartache, craving, anger, fear, loneliness, emotional stress, and boredom. If it’s not one problem, it’s another. Yet, we are so reluctant to look at the root of the problem. Continue reading “Love’s Longing: Chapter 3 – The Love of Lovers”