Kerala Flooding Disaster

Our good thoughts and prayers surely go out to those affected in the southern Indian state of Kerala which has been badly afflicted by torrential flooding over the past month, with more than 325 people killed and 200,000 made homeless.  The amount of rainwater in this year’s monsoon has seen an increase of 30% on normal years (I’m taking these[…]

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The decider game

I wrote this post last year around this time when I was watching the French Open Tennis championship at Roland Garros in Paris.  I was enthralled by the levels of determination, fearlessness and resilience shown by the players as they battled for supremacy on the tennis court.  I saw clear links with how we might nourish these spiritual qualities in[…]

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Is patience really such a virtue?

Patience, from the Latin patientia, a derivative of pati, to suffer or endure. The trouble with patience: Patience is our ability and willingness to endure misfortune and adversity.  Patience is certainly a virtue to my mind, conjuring as it does such synonyms as:  humility, submission, endurance, calmness, composure, self-restraint and equanimity.  And yet, some of these definitions may at first[…]

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