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Andrew's Blog (6)


Thinking about the onset of the colder darker months always depresses me a little. I love the spring and summer the light nights and walks in the warmth of the sun.

It made me wonder about my ability to let go, in a number of the Buddhas teachings he talks of suffering due to our inability to let go of the things that we get pleasure from.

I'm afraid I'm guilty of this, I find letting go one of my biggest flaws. I cling to the things I enjoy, and sure enough when they go or change as… Continue

Added by Andrew on September 6, 2016 at 22:54 — 1 Comment


Working in the care sector with people who have or have had experience of mental distress shows me that people can be genuine and love one another for who they are.

The empathy that is shown never fails to warm me and often makes me very aware of my own failings.

There is never talk of are you from this or that country or faith or background. They accept that they have common experiences and feel happy to share in the hope that they will be able to give hope or receive… Continue

Added by Andrew on August 13, 2016 at 0:24 — No Comments


Last night I visited a Theravada temple. The monks and all of the sangha were very welcoming. It was a nice atmosphere and meditation was simple, it was very natural due to the environment.

I have visited some where it's not as welcoming and I have been made to feel like an intruder, not really what one wants or expect amongst any religious community let alone Buddhist.

The evening started with a short sermon followed by some

recitation of the precepts. We then spent about thirty… Continue

Added by Andrew on August 2, 2016 at 23:01 — No Comments

Kind and caring people

Two weeks ago I was partly responsible for organising a mental health awareness day in Handsworth park Birmingham. The event was named mellow and the intention was to have conversations with people and explain a little about the issues with stigma and perceptions of mental distress in black and minority ethnic communities. My job and role was volunteer coordination. To my surprise we had thirty volunteers in total, some of them worked the whole day talking and listening to strangers they met In… Continue

Added by Andrew on July 28, 2016 at 22:13 — 3 Comments


As I attended a number of events leading up to my granddaughter leave her primary school I was reminded of impermanence and just how fast our lives go.

It seems like yesterday- a cliche I know but so true- that I took photos of her first day.

I now take photos of her leaving.

A happy time but also one of reflection and a certain amount of emotion.

Some sadness watching as she tries to deal with the sorrow of leaving her school friends and teachers she has known for long… Continue

Added by Andrew on July 22, 2016 at 19:31 — 2 Comments

Politics and gratitude

In 1995 I was elected to Birmingham city council representing the inner city ward in which I lived. It was a humbling expuerience with so many people coming out in all weather to support me. I worked hard during my campaign and after my election I held regular advice surgeries and made sure i was available to my constituents. Many would come to my home on their own and sometimes whole families to share food and conversation. I loved the role and being a leader of my community. I was proud and… Continue

Added by Andrew on June 25, 2016 at 9:38 — 2 Comments


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