The Hardest Path

‘On the Japanese island of Shikoku, amidst mountains, coasts, and bamboo forests, lies one of the world’s most sacred trails—the eighty-eight-temple pilgrimage. Inspired by Paulo Coelho (author of the Alchemist) and driven by dissatisfaction with the day-to-day grind, Matt Jardine embarks on a journey in search of answers to life’s great questions, mysteries that confound … More The Hardest Path

Same old, same old

At last, it happened. And, I suppose, it was only a matter of time, knowing that it is impossible to please all of the people, all of the time. But it’s never pleasant. Scattered amongst reviews from genuine readers delighted with ‘The Hardest Path’ was one from a professional critic that was, shall we say, … More Same old, same old

‘Throw-away’ wisdom

I call it ‘throw-away wisdom,’ and it is dangerous. You’ll recognise this kind of wisdom: “have more confidence,” “ love conquers all,” “shoot for the stars,” “believe in yourself.” There is every chance that my public flagellation of these examples of monotonous maxims will highlight me as a curmudgeonly old git, but let me finish. … More ‘Throw-away’ wisdom

Grains of sand

Last night before sleep I enjoyed a few chapters from The book of Joy. It is a book that documents the talks, discussions and thoughts of two of the most joyful and influential spiritual men of our era- The Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu. It is a beautiful book and one that I would … More Grains of sand

Mental Health Month

Mental health specialists say that one in four people will suffer a mental illness during their lives. The statistic is drastic, but the reality is much sadder and profound. Look around you, right here, right now. Look at the other students sharing the dojo floor, sitting around the edges of the mats catching a breath; … More Mental Health Month