APARIGRAHA – owning only what is necessary; non-hoarding; believing that we live in a universe in which there is enough for everyone. When my mother died, five years after my father, I was too floored by grief to go through all of the things in her retirement flat. So I put them into a storage unit, vowing to deal with them box by box, month by month. Read More...
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. As a former journalist and current PR consultant, that’s the not-quite-a-joke slogan that has coloured my working life. But what exactly is this thing called the truth?
Interestingly, PR and yoga have a great synchronicity here (probably the only time those words will ever emerge from my mouth).
Writing a press release involves choosing a fact and then giving it a particular ‘spin’. For example, talking about a new service that a client is offering for the first time…..in Exeter. No need to mention the service is available elsewhere around Devon, it’s still true and grabs the journalist’s interest. Read More...
Ahimsa is, on the surface of it, one of the ‘no-brainer’ yamas.
Clearly it is a good idea not to start wars, mug elderly people in the street or even say terrible things you can’t take back during a flaming row with your spouse.
Depending on your beliefs (and the idea of ahimsa is certainly one that spans all philosophies and religious faiths from Hippocrates to Buddhism along with plain simple sensible life-style choices), it’s a wise option because you’ll either get it back in nasty karma or will frankly just make day to day life a lot more complicated and unpleasant for yourself and everyone around you. Read More...