The Joy of No Purpose

The Joy of No Purpose

I used to feel dreadful if I felt what I was doing had no real purpose. I would avoid meaningless tasks and activities, choosing instead to fill my mind with theories of philosophy or art or politics. I wanted to be intellectually stimulated and to feel that what I...
Returning to Your True Self

Returning to Your True Self

This week I decided to re-name my website, changing the name from Nothing Saying This to Heart of Presence. Seven years ago, I began writing about awakening experiences on this blog and titled it ‘Nothing Saying This’. To me at the time, nothing was not...
Awakening Is Not a Magic Pill

Awakening Is Not a Magic Pill

For so long I imagined and dreamed that waking up would be like taking a magic pill. I dreamed that depression and anxiety and other mental and emotional difficulties would just vanish into thin air. When I was really honest with myself, like so much of my desperate...
In The Stillness of the Heart

In The Stillness of the Heart

Here, in the stillness of the heart it ultimately matters not what storms rage around. Indeed, all the storms of feeling, emotion, sensation and thought eventually come to rest in and know the stillness of the heart. It is the final winner, this stillness. It has the...
A Whole Lot of Nothing

A Whole Lot of Nothing

I know nothing.. nothing knows me… and nothing as it turns out, is a lot. Nothing is emptiness, is silence, is space. There’s a lot of that about, within and without. Silence and space are the the only true teachers. When you need clarity, space helps....