Welcome to my blog about mind-body wellness going into your senior years. The aim is to provide you with strategies, exercises, source materials and the few things I've learned keeping fit over the years.
To learn as much as I can about the Body-Mind and Spirit and to pass that on to friends and others. I write a blog and extend my learning by participating actively in whatever is going on.
DO IT 'TIL YOU DROP!
I'm well into late middle-age (a typical Baby Boomer!) and reveling in good health and fitness. As an ex-soldier (British Army) I've always been interested in staying fit so I can get the most enjoyment out of life as well as do a professional job - whatever and wherever that is.
Being on top of life's challenges means laying a basis of mental and bodily wellness. This includes physical exercise but places at least an equal emphasis on the ind and the spirit.
I applied this philosophy in practice throughout my life, studying Zen Buddhism in Japan along with traditional (non-sport) karate and iai-do (samurai sword techniques) under one of the leading masters, Yasuhiro Konishi Sensei; under Kiyoshi Yamazaki Sensei I became a certified instructor (2nd Dan) of the RyoBuKai School. I studied Taoism and T'ai Chi at Hainan University in China.
I've transitioned active martial arts into strength training and bodybuilding. Now living in Thailand, Buddhism has become a central approach in my spiritual life but I've no particular religious affiliation, respecting all faiths as offering an important way to the Spirit that infuses us all.
I'm fascinated by my professional work that includes all aspects of the supply of food "from farm to fork". This work runs into activity (when I can) in the area of neutraceutical sourcing, production and marketing. I have a deep interest in all forms of physical exercise with a partner who is a champion marathon runner and an advanced yoga student. I love writing, reading (especially philosophy) and drink the occasional glass of red wine!
IAI-JUTSU (Japanese sword)
1991 - Present
University of Oxford
2004 - Present
FoodWorks Company Limited
FoodWorks is an innovative consulting company that specializes in agriculture, rural development and the food industries. A particular professional interest is in food supplements and 'neutraceuticals' from natural sources. Before this appointment I worked for the Asian Development Bank and for a multi-national food business, also in Asia.