short stories
How do we make the right choice?

As Alan Watts once put it: Choice is the act of hesitation that we make before making a decision. But whatever is happening when we’re trying to figure out what to do, the we’ve all wished that we could know what the results of our choice would be before we made it

Pursuit of Wonder brings us this beautiful story about exactly this dilemma. I won’t ruin any of the twists and turns by saying any more. Set aside 20 minutes, make the choice to press “play”, and enjoy.

How Mindfulness Empowers Us.

I’ve always been a sucker for children’s folk tales. Add in a mindfulness angle and I’m completely sold. This beautiful video narrated by Sharon Salzberg has both. Amazing artwork too.

An elder talking to a child says “I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is fearful, vengeful, envious, resentful and deceitful. The other wolf is compassionate, loving, generous, truthful and peaceful.” The child asks “which wolf will win the fight?” The elder responds “the one I feed.”

"What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly."
Now More Than Ever.

Continuing the theme of political correctness, Zadie Smith’s wonderful short story about a society at the logical conclusion of “Cancel culture” feels worryingly prescient.