Economic Forecasts

spider's web with rainSo we’re all going to be poor for the rest of our lives, comparatively poor in any case.

Right, well let’s have a look at the nice picture.

It’s not a very good picture.  Difficult to spot, right in the middle, is a small, rather dull-looking spider.  Despite the visceral shudder that goes through me at the sight of spiders, I have a lot of affection for them – almost as much as I have for worms.

The spider is one of the great cleaner-uppers of our planet.  They pad about the place hoovering up all sorts of mites and weeny pests that would otherwise over-proliferate and upset the balance of life.  They are dignified, quiet and self-possessed in their solitary mission.  And they trap all sorts in their extraordinary webs.

Those wonderful webs.  They are made of a material stronger, weight for weight, than steel, and are essentially a mesh made up of some of the very few straight lines that nature has to offer.  When the web gets broken, the spider just fixes it.  Continue reading

We have touchdown

what is sound therapy imageIt’s taken me two years.  I have finally made it to the floor.

When I started chanting mantra around two years ago I sat on the edge of the bed.  Instinct told me to have a straight back and a right-angle at hips and knees, feet flat on the floor.  I quickly realised the bed was too high for that so moved onto a little stool of just the right height.

I used that stool for about 15 months or so, after which time I felt ready to move onto something that would involve more of my body in the practice.  I found a company called Calming Breath and bought one of their ‘toadstools’.  Sitting on this, with my legs tucked under me, I was obliged to hold my body in a new way in order to keep my back straight.

Over the next few months I felt my core strength grow and a little while ago I ordered a crescent-shaped cushion from a company called Blue Banyan and now practice sitting on it cross-legged on the floor.  Continue reading