Listening to the heartbeat of the world

We don’t hear much if we are rushing around.

So how about a pause for breath…

And a recognition that in the noise, fear and confusion swirling around, we can also cease to hear our own song.

Here is a poem I wrote in the summer and rediscovered this week while preparing for a podcast conversation with Ed Brenegar.


There’s a song that only you can sing,
buried deep within, it’s been there
since the beginning of you. 

Faint notes caught when you are still,
waiting patiently for their time of release,
because this is a beautiful song
that needs to be heard
and no one else can sing it
but you.

And then, as you start to sing, surprise
as you hear resonance and refrain
and realise you’re not alone. 

Joining the chorus, a symphony of voices,
hearing the rhythm and weaving your part,
until we’re caught up together
in the collective anthem
that the world was created
to sing.

Gently now, listen
to the heartbeat
of the world.

+ Sue Heatherington

Go gently, because there are some things that matter more than others.

Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

This week

This week in the valley has drawn me deeper into the heart of things, or as Alan Moore describes it, the mattering. I hope these little posts each day have enabled you to pause and breathe more deeply too. 

A Few Good Words

The On Being podcast has returned for a new season, starting with an extraordinary conversation between Krista Tippett and Kate Bowler recorded at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Listening to their conversation was a magnificent immersion in pause, see differently, and re-story as they grappled with Kate’s experience of an unexpected cancer diagnosis in her mid-30s. As a theologian, the title of her book Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved), gives a glimpse of the mixture of humour and gritty reality of their conversation: On Being in a Body.

The poem that Kate read at the end of the podcast has also been captured as a short YouTube video: A Blessing for the Life You Didn’t Choose. I hope you enjoy both offerings and share them widely, as I suspect there are others who need to hear this…