Meditation Audio ∙ 10 May, 12
After graduating I went on to be a singer and songwriter in an Australian band The Little Heroes.For what it was, my band had been as successful as it could have been – we’d had a hit record, released three albums, toured all over the place and indulged in all the vices that go with that way of life. And though I’d enjoyed it all immensely, particularly writing and recording, in the end the success we’d had only served to demonstrate just how unsatisfying my teenage dreams of fame and success had become. I felt numb, worn out and totally confused. I no longer knew what I wanted anymore and risked wasting the rest of my life pursuing more of the same, simply for lack of vision. In 1985 I left the band that had formed the stimulating, but mind numbing cocoon in which I had lived for the last ten years
Although I don’t perform I continue to write and record songs when I get the chance and always have a guitar with me.
So after leaving the music industry I became fascinated with Vipassana meditation. Beginning in 1991, I spent months, then years (cumulatively speaking) in Thailand in a number of monasteries, being trained in various methods of Vipassana meditation, working under different Acharns. This inspired me to write a couple of books about meditation and I currently do corporate work teaching meditation (when I’m in Melbourne).
‘Happy to Burn’ was published in 1997 followed by ‘Love & Imagination’. if you want to have a look, both these books can be downloaded for free from my website www.sankhara.com.au. An audio course based on my books teaching practical meditation is soon to be released.
I also wrote a novel, ’Levin’s God’ – published 2004.
In Levin’s God I used my years in the band as a starting point. I am currently in the final stages of another novel, amongst other projects.
However my passion for painting, drawing and photography has always been with me, even when I haven’t had the time to pursue it properly. Although much of my work from my early years was lost I have some past work and will be adding new work as I do it.
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