A wild and beautiful invitation

Rainbow in the hills with damp wild honeysuckle in the foreground

After days of rain and mud, yesterday we finally had sun. Until I went out to feed the alpacas… Then the hail. Hard white balls that pounded on the corrugated roof and my hat. Cold. Yet also bringing along a ray of hope. And with it, the recognition that we belong in this wide, wild … Read more

Being in harmony with ourselves

Scarlet Elf Cup fungi with deadwood and moss

We cannot truly belong if we are not bringing our whole selves. Our unique, one-of-a-kind being. Or, to express it another way, our particular singularity and sense of belonging are inextricably connected. We cannot have one without the other. It starts with our belonging to ourselves. We need to own who we are. So, are … Read more

Offering a blessing in a midweek Pause for Peace

End of the day on the hillside with sheep and fencing in silhouette

I’ve wondered what John O’Donohue’s blessing For Belonging offers in our regular midweek Pause for Peace. Because if belonging confers mutuality, what do we have to give to those in war zones? ‘May you arise each day with a voice of blessing whispering in your heart.’ Even though we may feel we have little that … Read more

Belonging is more than just fitting in…

Early spring pollination of skimmia buds

Conforming to be accepted isn’t belonging. It gives others, singular or group, control in return for something else. Whereas at its foundation, true belonging is being seen for who we are—and loved in the broadest sense. ‘May the frames of your belonging be generous enough for your dreams.’ And it is two-way. Because there is … Read more

Recognising our need to belong

Close up of camellia flower after the rain

I’m not sure what triggered it, but I’ve been increasingly aware of the deep need for a sense of belonging. It’s easy to rationalise or offer simplistic solutions, yet I sense this is something to sit with. Therefore, John O’Donohue’s For Belonging is an excellent place to start. FOR BELONGING May you listen to your … Read more

How to ‘tell it slant’ with kindness

View through the trees to sunlight on the sloping field

Delighting in the generosity and wisdom of poetry. TELL ALL THE TRUTH BUT TELL IT SLANT Tell all the truth but tell it slant —Success in Circuit liesToo bright for our infirm DelightThe Truth’s superb surpriseAs Lightning to the Children easedWith explanation kindThe Truth must dazzle graduallyOr every man be blind — + Emily Dickinson, … Read more

What imprints do we leave behind?

Fossil in a piece of sandstone

Pausing in the Welsh mist high on the hillside and thinking about ripples of love, I noticed this fossil in a rock. Sandstone is the underlying geology of these hills, and we often find imprints of leaves and wood pieces laid down when this was a marine estuary. It made me wonder about the lasting … Read more

Ripples of love – a midweek Pause for Peace

Close up of a swan and the ripples they create across the lake

We are familiar with the searing images of war and violence, which are now a daily occurrence. Yet perhaps we don’t see the ripples of hate and division that spread worldwide as a result—amplifying tensions that are already there below the surface. We are all affected. And our desire for peace has to start here, … Read more