Perspective: A relative term

Sunday, 29, June, 2014 0 , , Permalink 0

Since I've started this blog, I've been amazed by how many people have contacted me just to say "Yes! I get it". I've loved receiving each and every text message and email like a big warm, comforting hug. Some have even put aside magazine article clippings or told me about movies that talk about it - this incredibly human and seemingly constant struggle between roots and wings. This happened with a new friend of mine recently. He is an accomplished musician and, as I explained my blog, his eyes lit up and he told me about a solo cellist called Yo-Yo Ma. In 1999, Yo-Yo Ma visited a garden in Kyoto that was designed at the end of the 15th century ...

Beyond Words

It’s not the world’s best-kept secret - lawyers like words. Sometimes, big words. We also like analysing, arguing, deciphering, interpreting… It’s both a blessing and a curse. I’ve always been fascinated by the art of communication and the legal industry makes for an interesting case study - unfortunately, more often on "what not to do". Generally, us humans use words to communicate a message. We’re able to do that because words are loaded with meaning – without the meaning, words are just weird sounds (seriously, "fork" and "donkey" have always amused me) or some cursive lines on paper. How do we decipher that meaning? There are a lot of books and articles on the topic of semiotics and theories for communication, which I ...

Nama-what-now?

Saturday, 10, May, 2014 2 , , , , Permalink 0

Have you ever finished a yoga class and mumbled the obligatory “nah-mas-tay”, only to walk away wondering what on earth it means? Is it some new age, spiritual way of saying “peace out” or “TTYL” (that’s Talk To You Later, for those over 20)? When I found out what it meant, I felt so much more authentic when I said it. You can't help but walk away feeling a little lighter and calmer from that word. It means: My soul honours your soul. I honour the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honour the light, love, truth, beauty and peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things, we are united, we are the same, ...