My name is Hariod Brawn and I maintain this site as well as being the author of the articles appearing here. You’ll have to forgive me if the site presentation isn’t yet very slick – that sort of thing isn’t a strong point. If you can tolerate it for a while, it’ll hopefully improve in time as I learn the ropes.
Glastonbury – strangeness and charm. Oh, and a rather big performing arts festival too
I live alone on the ancient waterland of the Somerset levels. Glastonbury is my local town, though contrary to the norm hereabouts, I’m not a pagan and know nothing about magic or the occult. Such folk as do, seem very pleasant though, and add to the unique and engaging feel of the place.
I’m very ordinary, I gravitate to ordinariness, am comfortable with ordinariness, and have always been that way inclined. As a contrast to my own mundanity, I sometimes enjoy spending time with truly creative people – artists and musicians in particular, but left-field thinkers and the odd contrarian too.
I’m taking it pretty easy these days – it’s time to reflect, write a little and drink some sherry
I’ve long since retired now, but in the past had various businesses which operated on the peripheries of the popular music industry. From my mid-thirties I stepped back and worked part time only. Though not wealthy, I’d retired at 51, having felt enough of the harsh edges of commerce.
As to my philosophical outlook, this could perhaps be described as ‘free-floating Buddhistic’. But really, I can’t wholly align with any one school of thought having come to see that belief is at best hopeful and at worst useless. So my own development was influenced more than overtly guided.
The spiritual life? Heaven’s above! Though is it truthfully? You know I’m really not so sure
I’m not into spiritual or esoteric stuff as such. Still, it remains the case that there are profound, practical psychological analyses bound-up within certain belief systems. Advaita Vedanta, Vipassana Buddhism, Zen – it’s all good stuff; but the religious cosmology, who really knows?
Most of my adult life I’ve been deeply engaged in contemplative practices. That’s why I quit working full-time so early – all that navel-gazing takes a lot of time. And I’ve got the bum-calluses to prove it. These are the only visible credentials for my writing, but I won’t share the proof here.
My writing is offered freely, but I’ve a paperback and eBook for any inveterate consumerists
The website isn’t a money-making venture – it’s a loss-making one in those terms. I recently wrote a book called The Sway of Contentedness, also on a not-for-profit basis. Still, I’d like to sell a few copies and eventually recover my costs. That’s the only plug you’ll see here, just ignore it.
Merely being an author and running this site of course grants me no unimpeachable authority in the least. A few things I know of intimately, the rest, if stirring interest, I’m up for learning about. Being ready to stand corrected has been my way of developing, so would commend it to you.
One last thing: The articles I write here are my own particular understandings and are not meant to stand as statements of absolute truth, which in any case, I regard as a flawed concept. Being a relativist is okay by me. So stay open-minded, and be sure to read the disclaimer section of this site.
Let’s kick things off with a good adage: Never believe in another’s truth; be a light to yourself and so live your own