I see yoga as a whole philosophy and not an exercise regime though I’d never go as far to grow a beard that I could sit on, or to grow a beard at all really. I try to live as organically as possible and am a proponent of the relatively new movement of ‘Spiritual Ecology’. I don’t believe you can be a true environmentalist without a ‘spiritual’ consciousness nor can one be truly be on a path of non-violence and meditation without foremost a consciousness of love for all things alive. I justify my travels by offsetting as much as possible and then some. Apart from family, friends and yoga teachers, the main people who have influenced and still do influence my life are Ram Dass for his spiritual journey and wonderful anecdotes, Bill Bryson for being the funniest writer alive, Jim Morrison for showing me the workings of psychonautics, Robert Anton Wilson for his very cosmic view of life and a German Buddhist nun called Ayya Khema for showing me that I’m simply nobody going, nowhere and more recently Satish Kumar (google him and definitely buy his books) 🙂 I prefer to spend my short life experiencing the only planet I’ll ever visit, at least in this body, rather than existing to have nice, shiny and ultimately pointless things. I thoroughly enjoy walking down the streets parallel to the tourists’ streets and with a ‘spiritual’ and organic outlook. I adore the mountains and the wild spaces. I relish letting go and de-cluttering. I embrace impermanence and how very momentary life truly is. I am not a neo-phobe. So much to see and so little time. Two children and a grandson have kept me sane so far.
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