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

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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