Lose the focus, embrace the fuzzy

Being able to concentrate on a task can be a strength and a flaw - so step back from focusing, see the big picture and take a break

We settle in a circle after lunch - a vegetarian meal of blanched asparagus, baked cauliflower dusted with harissa spices, beehoon and lotus root soup - and the Buddhist monk begins chanting a mantra of thanksgiving.

I have come to meet him at the invitation of my literature tutor from university. Bhante (the Pali word that translates as "venerable sir") Ayasma Aggacitta is her younger brother.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 01, 2018, with the headline 'Lose the focus, embrace the fuzzy'. Print Edition | Subscribe