September 10th, 2021

Finding peace

Good morning from a wet and dark Devon. 

I've been awake since 4 am with the puppy, Eddie. I know I'll be tired mid-afternoon but if I'm lucky, I'll be able to close my eyes and have a short nap — don't tell the Boss.

The above picture (in case you were wondering) was taken at the beginning of the week, when the weather was much better. It was bright sunshine and hot but not enough to completely burn off the mist. Not that I'm crowing but I think it's perfect: it captures all of life and, at the time, touched my very soul.

But, it never lasts.

We're always on to something else: a new project, another family disaster, another argument, another death — you get my drift.

Perhaps though, with practice, and not being seduced by our incessant thinking, we can find inner peace by contemplating on and sitting with what's really happening...in this very moment. If we're lucky and aren't pulled asunder by our ego, we recognise that there's just this. Nothing more than a universal flow of energy or cosmic dust or whatever else fills your imagination. Sure, it's off the woo-woo charts but that's only because we've been told not to enquire beyond a limited set of cultural norms.

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My tweets

  • Thu, 12:15: I wonder if Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") will one day replace litigation save in the most exceptional/deserving of cases? I still believe that not enough lawyers are open to the possibility that suggesting and/or pursuing early ADR is or should be a must-do thing.
  • Thu, 12:19: Are there an infinite number of leadership styles? What about someone who has no style or refuses to be placed into a neat little box?
  • Thu, 12:28: Barrister apprenticeships a “viable option”, specialist argues - Legal Futures https://t.co/IeUv37miA2
  • Thu, 14:16: The Patron Saints of Pessimism: A Writer’s Pantheon https://t.co/E7gow5729P https://t.co/APB4qOqhrO
  • Thu, 14:20: Anyone else a fan of Eugene Thacker's work? https://t.co/vNpxLTx8wP
  • Thu, 15:25: Do we now have an almost religious preoccupation with 'self-help'? Or to put it another way, with religion in terminal decline, has 'self-help' taken its place?
  • Thu, 17:15: The Matrix Resurrections | I'll be there https://t.co/5iBnBBfu6M
  • Thu, 17:23: Sam Harris - Is Life Actually Worth Living? https://t.co/KzYOW4MATI
  • Thu, 17:32: I'm an in-house lawyer but I don't feel like one. It's more like dialling 999 and hoping I can fix everything. I can't. Sorry peeps. I'm a dissident from another age and like my profile now says, I'm much more a spiritual and cultural activist -- whatever the hell that means.
  • Thu, 17:40: My wife says I look at things too deeply. Possibly, but in a culture obsessed with perfection and fixing everything who else is going to question the status quo?
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