The timeliness of being present

Canada Geese and alpacas together on the lakeside

It can take a while to trust being around others. This first-time Canada Goose family learnt the hard way that the presence of alpacas can help protect them from predator foxes. Now, they have an understanding and are comfortable in each other’s presence. Doing what they do best – the first-time father watching out for … Read more

When you thought it was just you…


The other day I did wonder whether this was the year of big individuals. Bright and healthy bluebells were appearing as specimens dotted across the valley. They were splendid, but the areas usually covered in blue were just clumps of long green leaves. Following the astonishing harvest of big acorns last autumn, it looked like … Read more

Owning your beautiful voice


Oh yes, I know it’s you… …I recognise your voice! Those who know us well never fail to recognise our voice, even if we only say a word or two. They know us by our intonation, our accent, our pitch, how fast we speak, where we take our breath, and so much more. And even … Read more

The delight of not being singular


Our English language values precision. Words sit in boxes. And we talk about “dotting the ‘i’s and crossing the ‘t’s.” Yet life is not singular, and neither is action discrete. We live on a connected continuum. I do, and I keep on doing – present continuous. And who I am is an expression of being, … Read more

To be able to see the others


“Our connection with other people is only as solid and deep as our connection to ourselves. In order for me to be connected to you, I have to know who I am. I have to be connected to myself. And I think what we end up doing is we end up desperately searching for connection … Read more

On being known


We do not see ourselvesthe way that others see us,yet we are known. Known since before –before we knew, or evenasked the question: who am I? Known not in isolation,a number or location,but known in connection: who we are Indivisible, eternal and temporal,known in being, becauseto be known is to be loved.

Breathing in the place of deep connection


We may feel powerless, insignificantbut we can breathe,in and out. Choosing life and hope,over death and despair. Present, while separate,keeping hold of humanity’s threads,  remembering, we are all connected.

Pausing to recognise the truth


Many of us across the globe are pausing today to reaffirm our inalienable connection as human beings. When you hurt, we hurt. When you cry, we cry too. When you laugh, we sense your joy. Because this is our life together. So at this time of tearing apart and being divided, we recognise what holds … Read more

Being seen and heard


Being seen and being heard is far less about noise and much more about connection. Not connection with everyone, but connection with someone. And it starts with our connection with ourselves. If we don’t want to be known, then how can those who look at us or listen to our words hear anything more than … Read more