Author: Andy Robins

GREED, HATRED & DELUSION

It seems that wherever we turn, we are confronted by a world in disintegration, with little rationality or compassion. Human rights are at the bottom of most countries agendas. At the end of 2020, The Top 10 Human Rights Abusers, according to the UN Watch List, are China at number one, followed by Iran, Cameroon,

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Last Autumns Leaves

This week there has been a feeling of strange energy, something like sitting in a waiting room at a train station and having faith the train will arrive, yet enough doubt to cause unease. I mention this in our Zen community What’s App to see if others in the group have the same sense. This

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Today’s Purpose

It’s Saturday, and I awoke this morning to a thought, having no idea where it came from. Generally, as I open my eyes in the dark and stretch out my legs and back under the duvet, my thoughts are about should I or shouldn’t get up. I am an early riser doing a combination of

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Great Faith, Great Doubt, Great Determination

I have spent the last few days listening to ‘The Long Quiet Road’ by Natalie Goldberg. I came across her book whilst searching for help with writing styles. Natalie Goldberg was a student of Katagiri Roshi, a Japanese Zen master who originally travelled from Japan to teach at the SFZC, and later establishing the Minnesota

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Please Do Not Feed The Fears

As the full impact of Covid19 began to hit globally back in early February, it came as a realisation that leaders who have attended the Institute for Zen Leadership, learning ‘The Ten Flips’ of the Zen Leader were in an excellent position to deal with what was arising. It was as if the moment for

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Euphoria Explodes

I witness the city awakening from my mountain top, Forty floors below Ho Chi Minh sighs, The cacophony of an ocean arouses my senses,  no sea to be seen, the city stirs, I sit in stillness, Seconds become minutes, minutes become hours, Stillness so profound and rooted it touches the creator, Piercing boundless intelligence, No

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Expect but don’t Expect

We want things to happen, but they don’t,  We don’t want things to happen, but they do, When the don’t comes with do,  Or the do comes with don’t, We stamp our feet and shout out loudly, why me! Tantrum time is here again, anger rising quicker than lighting, In a flash smooth to rough,

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Somebody to Nobody

The journey to be somebody starts the day we are born, So much hope to become somebody, My mum and dad, my granny and grandad, my aunts and uncles, my teachers and friends, Oh how wonderful to be somebody, I strive so hard, I toil day and night, I sweat blood and tears, And wow,

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The Obstacle Is The Path

The boulder blocks the way; the landslide blocks the road, the flood cuts off the path, When has there not been an obstacle that obstructs our passage through life, Our shoots have grown tall, and we stand straight while gravity pulls us down, How would life exist if not for the path of calamity, Man

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Put Down Our Load & Stand Straight

  Our desire for connection starts with mum. It begins for us in her womb, gravity pulling us downwards until we drop earthbound. Our breath rushing in to fill our tiny lungs, our umbilical tie severed. We are Unattached yet attached now it’s the breast that we cling. And so it begins, our journey of

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Shelly Johre
Shelly Johre

Shelly Johre, founder of Namaste Yoga Studio. She is extremely charismatic and persuasive, contributing to his success. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS).

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