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Independence and impairment: the fight for survival

I have expressed the need for a greater understanding of the psychological aspects of sight loss many a time - or any other restrictive impairment for that matter. Sadly, my efforts have failed to yield the inclusion of emotional or psychological support services for those with such impairments and on a recent trip abroad I was reminded of why it isn't only the practical aspects of disability that matter.

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Still Mentally Well on World Mental Health Day

As today is World Mental Health Day, I thought I should do my bit and blog about it; as I sat down to write, however, my mind went blank. The pain, agony and despair that were my constant companions are now gone, and as I sat there tapping my stylus on my iPad hoping for inspiration, I had a little eureka moment. I realised that my former companions provided a lot of the motivation for my writing.

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Breathing the body with the inimitable Ajahn Sucitto

Yesterday, I attended yet another terrific London Insight event; 'Breathing the body' was a day of meditation with Ajahn Sucitto, the very down-to-earth, funny and personable abbot of Cittaviveka, Chithurst Buddhist Monastery. The teaching took an approach to mindfulness of breathing meditation that is very different to how it is usually taught. It was a much more holistic, dynamic and embodied experience, very accessible for Westerners and not at all conceptual or esoteric. I expect that if Buddhism and Qi Gong were to marry and have offspring, this would be the result.

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Finding balance between honesty and etiquette

There seems to be a conflict going on in my wee brain between honesty and business etiquette; I have some pretty solid business ethics, which generally results in my making less money than I could whilst maintaining my integrity, so I'm cool with that. The conflict, however, is playing out in the area where etiquette, integrity and honesty meet, or don't for that matter.

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Anger and Hatred meet Compassion and Forgiveness

People find it hard to believe that I just can't get really angry, feel hatred or hold grudges, and even I have wondered why this is so. Compassion and forgiveness are indeed contributing factors, and I practice these in both meditation and daily life, but it seems that there has been a deeper internal shift that is allowing me to be so accepting.

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Interoperability anyone? Welcome to the Internet Stone Age

I spoke at the Untangle the Web event last night, which was good fun. I met some knew and interesting people, and got to talk about my beloved inclusive design. The audience were mostly tech newbies, so I dusted off my 10 Principles of Inclusive Design and wrote an 'introduction to...' sort of presentation, which seemed to go down quite well, but what dawned on me afterwards is that everyone working in the internet/digital/web/mobile/technology/whatever you want to call it industry is a newbie really.

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Compassion, disability & mindfulness: convergence on the road to happiness

Last weekend, the inimitable Sharon Salzberg led a 2 day retreat on Compassion; I have long been her 'distance learning student', courtesy of audiobooks, dharma podcasts and suchlike, but these can never replicate the dynamic and interactive nature of a retreat.

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No Blah for Now

I love people, ideas, technology, creativity and business, and had been happily running digital agency Copious until the technologies we were utilising became cumbersome; it wasn't creative or fun anymore. I was also doing a lot of pro bono work for Government and the Third Sector and when the idea for NoBlah popped into my head, it was a eureka moment. It was the perfect marriage of social and venture and I became a deliriously monikered social entrepreneur.

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