Life

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.  – Oscar Wilde

Wellbeing

SUNBATHING

When to go out in the sun and when not

TIPS TO PROLONG LIFE

Boosting your nerve force, how to sleep, what water to drink and other ways to extend your life and keep you well at the same time

SITTING

A couple of suggestions to reduce the effects of too much sitting.

 

EATING MINDFULLY

It's not so much what you do while eating as what you don't do.

DECLUTTERING

Stuff. Crap. Clutter. Call it what you will, there's plenty of it filling up our lives. Here's how to reduce it.

SQUATTING

Get the most out of going to the toilet, by squatting rather than sitting.

YOGA

Simple postures to calm and centre

AROUND THE HOME

Helpful hints to improve your health by making your home environment cleaner and safer

Projects

 

World Half Full

A joint project with Christopher Kelly as editor, worldhalffull.com presents an antidote to the never-ending deluge of doom and gloom news fed to the world 24/7. Its all good news covering environment, health, science, technology, business, human rights, culture, lifestyle and business.

 
389 Conversations with My Three Kids

Between 2003 and 2008, my brother, David Broadbent, recorded numerous conversations with his three daughters and chose a few hundred to reflect a little of that sometimes elusive butterfly we call childhood. A time of wonder, simplicity and, above all, sheer unadulterated fun. If you’ve ever wanted a refreshing glimpse of a time free of spin, welcome to the tell-it-like-it-is world of Holly, Isabella and Amelie. (Maybe, just maybe it’ll rub off on you.) David and I spent most of 2008 and 2009 and half of 2010 editing and designing the book and we’re as proud as punch to share it with you. 

FfC

FfC was a collective I was part of that ran a raw, vegan organic food stall on Saturdays at The Sustainability Market at Taylor Square in Darlinghurst, Sydney in the latter part of 2012.

 

The Goop, a breakfast mix of 19 superfoods based on my personal breakfast, was popular on the stall. It is still available in powder form, having since morphed into about 30 ingredients, though it can be tailor-made to suit specific needs and in the quantity you want.

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The cracked pot

 

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole he carried across his neck. One pot had a crack in it, while the other was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

 

At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water home.

 

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

 

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. ’’I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologise to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."

 

The bearer said to the pot, ’’Did you notice there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pots side? Thats because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, youve watered them.

 

’’For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.

How many apples do you have?

A teacher teaching maths to 7-year-old Arnav asked him, ’’If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?”

 

Within a few seconds Arnav replied confidently, ’’Four!’’

 

The dismayed teacher was expecting him to say three. She was disappointed. Maybe the child did not listen properly, she thought. So she repeated, ’’Arnav, listen carefully. If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?’’

 

Arnav had seen the disappointment on his teacher's face. He calculated again on his fingers. But within him he was also searching for the answer that would make the teacher happy, not necessarily for the correct one.

 

This time hesitatingly he replied, ’’Four . . .’’

 

The disappointment stayed on the teacher's face. She remembered Arnav liked strawberries. She thought maybe he doesn't like apples, and that's making him lose focus. This time with an exaggerated excitement and twinkling in her eyes she asked, ’’If I give you one strawberry and one strawberry and one strawberry, then how many will you have?’’

 

Seeing the teacher happy, young Arnav calculated on his fingers again. There was no pressure on him, but a little on the teacher. She wanted her new approach to succeed.

 

With a hesitating smile young Arnav enquired, ’’Three?’’

 

The teacher now had a victorious smile. Her approach had succeeded. She wanted to congratulate herself. However, one last thing remained. Once again she asked him, ’’Now if I give you one apple and one apple and one more apple how many will you have?’’

 

Promptly Arnav answered, ’’Four!’’

 

The teacher was aghast. ’’How Arnav, how?’’ she demanded in a little stern and irritated voice.

 

In a voice that was low and hesitating, young Arnav replied, ’’Because I already have one apple in my bag.’’

 

The lesson? When someone gives you an answer that's different to what you expect, don’t assume they're wrong.

For its own sake

A Zen Buddhist teacher saw five of his students return from the market, riding their bicycles. When they had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, ’’Why are you riding your bicycles?’’

 

The first student replied, ’’The bicycle is carrying this sack of potatoes. I am glad that I do not have to carry them on my back!’’ The teacher praised the student, saying, ’’You are a smart boy. When you grow old, you will not walk hunched over, as I do.’’

The second student replied, "I love to watch the trees and fields pass by as I roll down the path." The teacher commended the student, "Your eyes are open and you see the world."

The third student replied, ’’When I ride my bicycle, I am content to chant, nam myoho renge kyo.’’ The teacher gave praise to the third student, ’’Your mind will roll with the ease of a newly trued wheel.’’

The fourth student answered, ’’Riding my bicycle, I live in harmony with all beings.’’ The teacher was pleased and said, ’’You are riding on the golden path of non-harming.’’

The fifth student replied, ’’I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle.’’ The teacher went and sat at the feet of the fifth student, and said, ’’I am your student.’’

 

Moving on

A Zen master and his student were walking by a river when they came upon a sex worker seeking to cross the river. The Zen master promptly picked her up and carried her over and then put her down. The master and student continued walking. 

 

A few hours on, the student was so agitated he finally had to ask, ’’Master, how could you touch and help that sex worker? That’s against what we believe in!’’ To which the Master replied, ’’I left her by the river. Why are you still carrying her?’’

 

Perfect responses


Q. In which battle did Napoleon die?  

A. His last battle

Q. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?  

A. At the bottom of the page

Q. River Ravi flows in which state?  

A. Liquid

Q. What is the main reason for divorce?  

A. Marriage

Q. What is the main reason for failure?  

A. Exams

Q. What can you never eat for breakfast?  

A. Lunch and dinner

Q. What looks like half an apple?  

A. The other half

Q. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?  

A. Wet 

Q. How can a person go eight days without sleeping?  

A. No problem, they sleep at night 

Q. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?  

A. You will never find an elephant that has only one hand 

Q. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would you have?  

A. Very large hands 

Q. If it took eight people ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four people to build it?

A. No time at all, the wall is already built

Q. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?  

A. Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack

Big Speaker

Music
The music that has informed my tastes, what I’ve been listening to since 2009 and what I'm currently listening to.

 

Texts

At Least 100 Principles of Love

On loving ourselves, each other and the world

Consensus

How to run meetings using consensus decision-making and how to run meetings well using facilitation and etiquette.

Outlaw Catalogue of Cagey Optimism

A compendium of healthy, exalted, positive states of being — the perfect antidote for a world obsessed with pathology or ’what’s wrong with us’.

For more of the world of pronoia, visit the Beauty and Truth Lab.

Quotes

Some of my favourite quotes, from the short 'n' sweet,the funny through to the profound, as well longer passages from a variety of folk from various walks of life

Words

The English language . . . and some of the words and phrases we could well do without

Extras/links

 

animals

Earthlings

a feature-length documentary about our dependence on animals as pets, for food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research. Warning: contains images people may find deeply disturbing
 

food

Alfalfa House

a not-for-profit, member-owned organic food co-op in Newtown, Sydney

 

Loving Earth

an excellent online source of ethically-sourced, organic and wildcrafted superfoods. Bulk lines are reasonably-priced.

 

humour

mr deity

a webshow/podcast that looks at the life of the creator and everything he must endure as he attempts to manage his creation

 

Urban Hipsters

It’s lonely in the modern world, where readers irreverently caption modern exteriors and interiors materials

 

affirmation

positive propaganda

If you are into Instagram, check this one out. A little bit of feel-good every day. LINK

 

sharing/reusing

freecycle

a global grassroots non-profit movement of people who give and receive things for free.

 

friends with things

sharing things such as power tools for free rather than buying your own.

 

music

fbi

one of the best sources of independent music, committed to playing Australian music and featuring online uploaded-as-you-listen playlists

 

news/analysis/investigation

The following are a few alternatives to the mainstream, which I also read, though with a very wary eye. As with all news, do your own fact checks, follow the links provided, no matter the source — well, make sure there are some! Above all, as my high school teachers implored me, read widely and be critical.

 

The Corbett Report

Open source intelligence news

LINK

 

Zero Hedge

Mostly financial news, and mostly ahead of the curve

LINK

 

Nation of Change

Progressive commentary on news, including activism

LINK

 

FEE Foundation for Economic Education

a libertarian economic think tank dedicated to the "economic, ethical and legal principles of a free society.”

 

alternatives to

youtube hooktube d.tube

bit chute

google duckduckgo

chrome/firefox/safari brave