Welcome to the home of Addled: Adventures of a Reluctant Mystic – a novel about spiritual emergency and how a crisis can become an awakening.
Using the philosophy of Zen Buddhism, the book follows Zoe Popper on her quest for inner peace and self-knowledge. She thinks she’s going crazy, but she’s about to discover that reality is stranger than she thinks.
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This is a great little cartoon from Zen Pencils to illustrate a quote by the Dalai Lama: “When I meet people in different parts of the world I am always reminded that we are all basically alike. We are all human beings. Maybe we have different clothes, our skin is of a different colour, or… Continue reading We are all human beings
There are many people who don’t take mysticism seriously and tend to view mystics with suspicion. In these extracts, Alan Watts talks about this in terms of the use of psychedelics, but the objections to the use of these drugs can also be applied to the experience of the mystic. This is mainly because these… Continue reading Alan Watts on the Values of Mysticism
In these extracts, Alan Watts talks about his mystical experiences through the use of psychedelics. In his experiments, he identified four main characteristics of mystical experience: From Psychedelics and Religious Experience: “For more than thirty years I have been studying the causes, the consequences, and the conditions of those peculiar states of consciousness in which… Continue reading Alan Watts on the Mystical Experience
This week Zoe is reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig. It’s a curious book: not really a novel, more an excuse to philosophise about anything and everything, and likely to provoke many arguments and lots of feverish thinking. The narrator of the tale sets out on a road trip… Continue reading Review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Every year I look forward to the arrival of the lambs at the farm in the Ouseburn valley. They bounce and skip their way into everybody’s hearts… More from Zoe’s Photo Album
The secret to happiness: Less is More Remove ego and desire – and what’s left? It’s very simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! This is great little cartoon comes from the excellent Zen Pencils: Less is More
“I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” – Anais Nin