Monthly Archives: June 2018

The Energy Of Joy

I sat this morning for my usual hour of Vipassana meditation with a feeling of slight annoyance. I’d snoozed for an hour and that had started the cycle of mind chatter that says ‘you’re late!’. That fraction of a thought that says: ‘you have so much to do today; there’s the swim you’ve planned, the yoga you love, there’s work and then the gardening you said you’d do. And this! Sitting still doing nothing for a whole hour! This is INSANE!’ 

I sat with these thoughts, watching them rise up, taking a moment to really see them and to acknowledge them before allowing them to simply float away. In that moment I saw that there was no sense in spending the entire day in the cat-and-mouse of chasing endless to-do lists and tasks for the sake of it. Where was the sense in that?

What happened next was simply wonderful. The awareness that if there was to be any pleasure in this day then it was in the actions themselves, not in the tail-chasing-frustation of ‘achievement’, came to me with the clarity of a bright blue sky on a clear sunny morning. It was a beautiful moment. 

I rose from my daily practice with a spring in my step and a smile on my face and toddled off for a swim. Every stroke cut the water with precision and ease. I was a fish. You know what? I did the yoga too. Every breath drew deep into my body soothing the intensity of the stretch, pushing the muscles further into each posture. Every movement full of joy. 

There’s energy in joy. Whatever you do today, do it with joy – feel the energy flow through you and into the action – and breeze through the day with a sense of purpose. Forget about the clock and step into the NOW!

Thank you for your continued support. 

With all my metta xx

Croatia 🇭🇷 not a bad spot for a bit of sunbathing. The coastal road, the Adriatic Highway(E65), is a stunning route. Easy navigation (keep the sea on your right), beautiful scenery and easy camping (a free standing tent will be advantageous ⛺️ on the flat rocky areas). The chance to swim each morning, lunch and evening was a big draw when choosing a route towards Istanbul. Having cycled a more northerly path previously, this choice was a happy one. #adriaticcoast #adriatichighway #easymiles #sunseacycling #adventure #getoutdoors #europebybike #rideoftenridefar #cyclecroatia #e65 #kickbackandrelax

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I loved cycling with this guy. Alan runs ultra-marathons. He taught me a lot about nutrition and refuelling on the bike. I shared with him the joy of cake and ice cream. We had a lot of fun racing along the Dalmatian Coast. Thank you, Alan, my brother. #racethedalmatian #cyclingcroatia #cakeandicecream #nutsandseeds #beardbrothers #biketravel #cyclebuddys #adventuretravel #rideoftenridefar

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