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Learning

We never stop learning. Even as we take our dying breath we are learning about death itself. Learning does not cease as soon as we have left school. In many ways it is just beginning. Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. We may not even be conscious of

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Perspective

What is perspective? I do not know what your own perspective actually is as I do not know you but I do know one thing about it; it is unique. A planet inhabited by 7 billion humans, all with a unique perspective. The view you have of the world, your surroundings, is special as it

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Vanishing

What might make a person simply want to vanish from everyday life? Running from law enforcement, huge debts or some other form of trouble? In fact many people are simply running away from themselves. The problem with that though is the first person you will meet at your new destination is always yourself. In my

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“Tanks” for the memories

I hope you will forgive the pun in the title of today’s post, all will become clear. I want to discuss the important subject of memory with you. It is a common myth that Goldfish have only a fleeting memory. As a result this fallacy has given rise to the widely used insult “you have

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The work-life balance

I want to return today to the subject of balance. Not balance in the physical sense, as in the balance someone might need when walking the high wire or riding a bicycle. No we are talking about balance in the metaphysical sense. This is often referred to as the work-life balance. The “work–life balance” as

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Trust

Trust is such a small word for the meaning it is intended to convey. It is fair to say that many people do not trust the incoming president of the United States. But how do they arrive at the position? They mistrust him because they believe him to be a teller of untruths. Or they

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Tranquility

Tranquillity is so important to us humans with our busy minds and yet it is so often overlooked. How do we find it in the modern age? It is not in the smart phone, on the television or computer game or the mindless chatter on social media. It is said that anxiety levels amongst the

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Wealth

What is wealth? We all know what we think it means and that is probably the accumulation of money and acquisitions; house, car, electronics, jewellery, clothes, shoes etc. However this is a superficial kind of wealth. This sort of wealth cannot provide happiness. We all think it does but it is not the case. It

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Time

Today is the traditional coming of age day in my homeland Japan.  “Coming of Age Day ”成人の日 is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January. It is held in order to congratulate and encourage all those who have reached the age of majority (20 years old) over the past year, and

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Balance

Balance is a fundamental, all powerful influence in our universe. Our world exists in perfect harmony because of balance. If the conditions at the time of the creation of our planet were even a tiny bit left or right, up or down from where they actually were then life as we know it would simply

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Satisfaction

Satisfaction

Do you know what is satisfaction? It is not a feeling that you can easily put into words. Satisfaction after a wonderful meal does not simply mean the sometimes unpleasant feeling of feeling full if you have perhaps eaten too much food too quickly. No it is something deeper than that. If you sit down

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The art of simplicity

After all the frenetic activity many of us experience over the holiday season it is sometimes helpful to take some time to yourself, sit and reflect on the year that has been. I am very fortunate that where I live is right next to a tranquil lake and this is something I can do whenever

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The majestic Bonsai

The Japanese word “Bonsai” 盆栽 translates as “tray planting” in English. As you may know it is the centuries old Japanese art form of growing, tending and nurturing trees grown in containers. Bonsai is simple in purpose – the contemplation of the viewer and the pleasing effort of the grower – however it is very

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