The battle between rational arguments and lived experience

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Post (1) of a four-post essay.


Try sunyata on for size

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There’s nothing to do. You have no goals. You have no plans. You have no targets. You don’t need to achieve anything. Actually, you shouldn’t achieve anything. Why should you? That sounds like a lot of effort. Stop trying to do things. Stop pretending there’s anything for you to do, even if you wanted to. There’s nothing out there to act upon. You can’t influence a thing.


An inside view

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This is Part 1 of a series on anxiety and depression. I’m not a psychologist but I do spend a lot of time sorting through my own feelings, pulling them apart and seeing what gives them their juice. I hope these posts will be helpful to anyone who’s ever felt similarly to me for similar reasons.


A different perspective on the love of God

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‘If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire…’ (Matthew 6:30)


And it may be more original than you think. Here’s why.

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You have something to say.


Some stories, thoughts, metaphors and open questions to stick under your tree. My treat.

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Hey all. I’m working on a few looooong posts at the moment that I’m going to have to break up into series, but in the meantime I thought I’d try something different for my first Christmas post. I’ve put together a few stray thoughts, analogies, stories and quasi-poems that have come to me over the last few months, and made them up into a seasonal hamper for your delectation. Hope at least one of them strikes a chord.


They’re not enemies, they’re best friends

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PIANO TEACHERS AND GOOD SAMARITANS

A piano teacher shows a five-year-old how to play a scale. A thought flits into her mind: ‘I’m much better at piano than this five-year-old’. She automatically dismisses the thought, not because it’s untrue but because it’s uninteresting. She keeps teaching.


The Small Dark Light’s mission statement

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My previous post was about who I am, this post is about what I write. Read on if you’re curious about what this publication is for and where I hope it ends up going. Hint: you may be involved.

  • I want The Small Dark Light to be a meeting place between mysticism and rationalism // philosophy and religion // East, Middle East and West // left and right // tradition and progress // the personal and the political // psychology and objectivity // pragmatism and emotionalism // honesty and sympathy // essays and stories // seriousness and humour. The more…

An “About Me” for people interested in this spirituality/philosophy/personal growth/aesthetics/fiction publication of mine

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I realise that as writers go, I don’t give away an awful lot about myself. I write under a pseudonym, I don’t show my face, I don’t talk about my ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, class or age. The most I’ve said about myself is that I’m a Christian millennial — spirituality is pretty fundamental to my writing, and being a ’90s kid is so relevant to some of the generation-war stuff I write about that it can’t help but come up.


A dialogue about music, liberation and breaking on through

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This is Part 3 of a series on hippies, although it stands alone if you like your posts to stand alone. Part 1, which focuses more on politics, is here. Part 2, which focuses more on peace ‘n’ love ‘n’ morality, is here.

Wabi Sabi

Writer, composer and filmmaker, into soul music and Chinese philosophy. Editor @ The Small Dark Light

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