The Metta Center, as part of its continuous development, has formed a Strategic Advisory Council (SAC), which they have invited me to be a member of. Additionally, they have offered me a writing fellowship under the title ‘Liaison to Wisdom Traditions’.
About the SAC:
First publication as a Metta writing fellow:
Jon Cartwright, trained philosopher and ITV-turned-freelance [portrait] photographer, took these shots of my body art for a project documenting tattoos, the body, and personal meaning:
This year, I was given the honour to participate (accordion and backing vocals) in a British folk Christmas album!
Have a listen here:
And if you’re so inclined to purchase the tracks, all proceeds go to this homeless charity:
Hoping this season brings you peace and joy, in the depths of your hearts and in the fullness of your lives!
Last Autumn, exactly ten years after the creation and release of the original ‘Francesca‘, Rick and Chris of Mêlée fame were in London for three weeks to work on an electronic side-project, The Service, with renowned producer Starsmith. During their visit, many of our conversations revolved around our individual processes into life and adulthood. Naturally, I discussed the Saturn Return . . . which inspired them to produce this gem:
So we learn and we try
Set our bodies free from their crimes
Will it all come clear when Saturn’s in the sky?
For the rest of my life
Let the ice melt down from my eyes
’Cause it all looks clear when Saturn’s in the sky
The British Association for the Study of Religion (BASR) has awarded me a full bursary to present my research-to-date, ‘After “Spirituality”‘, at this year’s conference.
My conference report (pp. 15-17):