El·e·na [el-uh-nuh, uh-ley-nuh; It. e-le-nah] /ˈɛlənə, əˈleɪnə; It. ɛˈlɛnɑ/ –noun a female given name, form of Helen // A proud student of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche // Personal assistant with a BSc (Hons) Psych from Uni of Warwick // These are snapshots of my life, in words and pictures

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I was doing a little bit of research this morning and read about Symeon of Trier. Granted Wikipedia is not an entirely scholarly source so the information can be a bit one-dimensional. But what I found interesting was that even within the Christian faith, there is a tradition of practitioners going into solitary retreat, blessed […]


JP, Dato’ Ruby and I were fortunate enough to attend the launch of Sharon Salzberg’s new book today. Titled “Real Happiness at Work“, it guides the reader in meditations for finding peace and happiness in a place where most of us spend the vast majority of our lives, the office. During the talk, Sharon invited […]


I was with a friend last night, and we got on to talking about numerology. He found the results of his number rather interesting, so we started working on mine (I’m a 7). I did a quick search online and found this report about 7s. Whilst I’m interested in these types of…mystical endeavours (I <3 […]

If I look serious…

“If I look serious, then my music will be taken seriously,” say the indie hipsters of We Are Hunted. But I still love you lot anyway <3 thumbs up for the best music aggregator EVER.

Rule Number Three

A short film directed by someone I met in a laundrette at uni (true story, that). Vote please, it only takes two seconds… …and a VPN, if you don’t live in the UK 😉 -> Rule Number Three (http://filmlondon.org.uk/best_of_boroughs/rule_number_three/)

After so long…

…I still like this photo. I just can’t remember where I got it from. Looks like a thoroughly uncomfortable way of reading though!

(Taken with my iPhone) Spotted outside the Ladrang again, another lotus.

-dearfriend (http://-dearfriend.tumblr.com/post/7098437028): The cheetahs eyes, holy shit.


It’s very difficult for me to practise Dharma when it comes to my neighbour. An awful lady who screams at the slightest thing that doesn’t go her way (even if it poses no inconvenience to her), she’s also petty, possessive and apparently hasn’t learned any other way of communicating aside from shouting. It’s a wonderful […]


Today I… …cleaned my Dharma house’s altar …did some copywriting …did some editing …had a meeting with my boss in e-Division …went to a meeting in the Ladrang …fixed some bird cages …took Mumu and Oser for a walk …cleaned my Guru’s altar …cooked lots of yummy food as an offering …made dinner …took some […]