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Zoom fear and Skype fatigue

What we lose in online meetings and how to survive them. Zoom drinks and Skype dinners were fun at first. And essential. Office life now revolves around online meetings. But as the coronavirus crisis lengthens, and the lockdown extends from

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The plague that changed the world

For some, probably most, the Covid-19 pandemic is a question of massive mitigation. The aim is to learn lessons and return to business as usual, as soon as possible. For others, it’s different. It’s not just a disaster to get

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Freedom in a time of crisis

This piece was written for the Idler. The monastery has come to us. Life has gone on retreat. For the next period, we’ll be living in the refectory and cloister. And, as transpires when you go on retreat, strange things

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How to survive a group panic

The world is in a collective panic. The coronavirus Covid-19 is the understandable cause. Crises precipitate shared alarm when the groups to which we belong, from family to nation, realise that the terms of engagement have suddenly, unexpectedly, dramatically shifted.

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Plato and the Music of Death. A talk in a time of crisis

Download MP3 here. All the great wisdom traditions tell us that death is an opportunity to reflect on life. Leaning into death reveals more about life, including the perception that life is underpinned by what’s deathless. Today, all around the

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Subtle energies and healing

Psychotherapies that work, though with no agreement about how they work, are becoming mainstream. For example, EMDR is widely used in the treatment of trauma. So what can be said about their efficacy and what, if anything, do they have

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Regaining our spiritual commons

This thought piece was written for Perspectiva. Here’s a pub quiz question. Which piece of British legislation was on the statute books longer than any other? Answer: The Charter of the Forest. It was signed in 1217 and lasted 754

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The Divine Comedy at 700

This piece was written for The Idler. To join me on the journey through the Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso click here. The first group of the damned that Dante meets upon entering hell are running en masse “as an interminable

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Spiritual Evolution: Where we have come from and where we are going

Pt1 Pt2 Pt3 To download Pt1, Pt2, Pt3 click on the link. This is a recording of my conversation with Rupert Sheldrake at Alternatives, which meets at St James Piccadilly, London, on Monday 10th February 2020. We use the evolutionary

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Eco-confession – talk with Rupert Sheldrake

Climate change has become the climate crisis, even climate emergency. In this episode of the Sheldrake-Vernon dialogues, Rupert Sheldrake begins with an observation. He’s noticed how people are increasingly feeling the need to confess their carbon use and he wonders

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