On the long arc of becoming…

Close-up of wildflower reaching toward the light

Starting the week… THE LONG ARC Becoming.Leaning forwardinto what is to come.This isn’t a re-hashof the past.It’s a lifetimein the making. + Sue Heatherington In 2006, students from Xavier High School in New York City were asked to write to their favourite author. This is the reply from Kurt Vonnegut, the only one to respond, … Read more

Awe and being more human

Inside petals of a red rose

How has your week been? When I started the week, I thought I’d be exploring awe… The recent conversation between Elizabeth Oldfield and Dacher Keltner, Berkley Professor of Psychology, for The Sacred podcast had reignited my wonder at this capacity for the transcendent we know in moments of awe. So, how did I end up … Read more

Wanting to be more human

Alpacas walking along the path between the trees

… doesn’t mean being an expert. Or having all the edges sanded off and being all things to all people… I want to be more human in terms of yesterday’s poem – Am I ready to be human? Not because we can save the world but because we do have a part to play in … Read more

Are we ready to be human?

Close up of lavender

In celebration of the brave souls who are stepping out of their boxes to become who they are. Because it takes courage to be fully human. AM I READY TO BE HUMAN? Am I ready to be human,  to embrace my multitudesand know that we are one,choosing to be fully presentbelonging to this time and … Read more

Being open to awe

View across the lake at low level with rippled reflections across the water

I don’t think we can manufacture awe. Instead, it’s a heart orientation. An openness to being enveloped by the transcendent, something that is far bigger than us. Catching a glimpse out of the corner of our eye and widening our gaze to be astonished. Being enlarged in the seeing. Feasting with the eyes of our … Read more

The end is the beginning

Shaft of light shining on a green plant and casting a shadow on a stone

We do not belong to ourselves. Yet, much of the culture around us suggests otherwise. And it has left us stranded. So we search around for something or someone who will affirm our belonging as individuals. While all along, the wild beauty of the invisible world, which is too big and magnificent to be tamed … Read more

The eternal longing at the heart of time

Close up of a fading pink rose

In the middle of John O’Donohue’s blessing, For Belonging, is an extraordinary line: May you know the eternal longing that lives at the heart of time. Pause with these words… … what do you notice? … and where does this take you? Pause. See differently. Re-story…

Being open to the light

Close up of rain on foxglove flowers

Yesterday was a day of soft, and not quite so soft, Welsh rain. Even the foxgloves – Digitalis purpurea – were soaked. Yet even heavily laden with rain, their droplets reflected the light with sparkling beauty. May you never place walls between the light and yourself. Seeking the light wherever we find ourselves. Pause. See … Read more