Yoga Gardening

I’m not a keen gardener and the back garden if it could be called such has been neglected for a long long time. But it was a beautiful day and I spent a few hours weeding and cutting in the spirit of karma yoga, that is to say, not worrying about the outcome or how much I could do just doing and appreciating doing it. It made some difference but provides an ongoing opportunity for karma yoga practice.



In the evening I went to my regular Wing Tsun class.

Still not addressing my bad eating habits.

Tai Chi

I did a very short japa meditation this morning. During the day I had a meeting at the Friends Cafe, on Barking Road about a project that we plan to run. After this I went into the Newham Bookshop next to the cafe and bought three books that looked both interesting and useful. At home I did a bit of preparation for the Creative Writing after school club before going to meet the group at their school. Three hours of fairly intensive Tai Chi/Qigong at Stratford Circus and then back home stopping to buy a bottle of pear cider and Doritos because I needed or just wanted the indulgence. Not a bad day.


Looking at my watch early this morning the analogue hands says, correctly, 5:30 but the digital readout says 9:45. The date has changed to Sunday 1st January and an alarm that is normally set for 9 pm reads 1:00 am. Odd. Maybe I should take it as an omen of some sort and reset my new year resolutions.

Leaving the house at a little before 6:00am. I go on my first run for summer and my fourth or fifth this year. I covered the 1.15 mile distance, running and walking, in a little over 14 minutes with a mile pace of 12:26. Despite my regular Tai Chi and Wing Chun and irregular Yoga I am overweight and out of condition. Only running makes me sweat so profusely and I must add it to my routine.

I am too tired to do very much and do little besides sitting in front of the computer.



Often when I see stuff about Jesus on Facebook I respond. Jesus was an enlightened teacher and I am fascinated by the pithy style of his teaching though not agreeing with what is taught about his personal divinity.. The religious of his time (and ours) were big on judging and condemning and short on forgiving. Jesus pointed out that everyone sinned you don’t have to be a murdered if you are angry, call your brother ‘fool’ that is on the same continuum of sin. This is what Jesus meant when he said “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” He was not concerned with what people did so much as with the intent and we all have ill or evil intents so don’t bother judging one as worse than another just stop judging and start forgiving because judging makes you both guilty under the fulfilled or complete law while forgiveness restores innocence to both you and the other. Forgiveness, interestingly, completes not only the Mosaic law but also the law of karma that we reap what we sow, since sowing forgiveness reaps the same.

Worth noting too that if you don’t judge you can’t condemn and if you don’t condemn then you have nothing to forgive anyone for. This gives you a purity or innocence. Of course none of us actually has this but this is the path.

Lao Tsu says:

The highest virtue is to act without a sense of self
The highest kindness is to give without a condition
The highest justice is to see without a preference

When Tao is lost one must learn the rules of virtue
When virtue is lost, the rules of kindness
When kindness is lost, the rules of justice
When justice is lost, the rules of conduct

Same as Jesus, underlying written rules or laws is the principle of justice, underlying this is kindness, underlying this is your virtue or sense of decency or rightness and underlying this is the Way, the Tao, submission to the will of God or Heaven ‘without a preference’, without requiring anything to be other than it is. And this too is forgiveness, when we not only forgive others for being what they are but forgive God and the whole of existence and love everything just as it is, unconditionally.