william bloom

Creative aggression

In 1970, as a book editor, I had commissioned and published the biography of the man who had brought the Hells Angels from the United States to England. A biker myself, I enjoyed riding with them and sharing some of their good times, and before I went off to take...

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Community with a heart

My friend, Andrew, never knew what to say to the orthodox Rabbi and the bearded Mullah. As a businessman on the outskirts of London working with his local community and chamber of commerce, he met the two clerics regularly. The conversation was always difficult. His nightmare was that he might...

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Forgiveness

If you follow my columns you will know that I sometimes disclose parts of my life that are not so pure and wonderful. Here comes one of those disclosures. Picture me twenty years ago with an extremely difficult teenage son who had been excluded from three schools for attitudinal violence....

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Love and enlightenment

Do you want to be a full expression of love? Or do you want to be fully awake and enlightened? Perhaps, like me, you want to be both – Love and Enlightenment. Sometimes the lovers of love say that to be enlightened is meaningless. They assert that love is the...

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Secularism and spirituality

Human curiosity is great. We are spiritually drawn to know more and explore further.And here is the first of many paradoxes. We go further by going nowhere. We travel this journey by being still. This, for me, is the core of meditation. Calm, breathing and aware, our consciousness opens and...

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