Why are we here, and where do we belong?

View of the lake in morning sun with the pair of swans in the foreground

Why are the swans here? They’ve only been in the valley briefly, yet they are exercising proprietorial jurisdiction over the lake. Including warning us about coming too close… And they appear to be considering nesting here, which would be a first. So what drew them here at this time? Also, we see extraordinary inner navigation … Read more

Delighting in the delicate connections


We might think the web a spider weaves is delicate… Yes, it can be brushed aside. And yet, weight on weight, its tensile strength is phenomenal, and spiders are resilient. They simply resume their work. The connections between us as human beings are like that, too. They are more robust than logic suggests and reach … Read more

The beautiful fruits of autumn

Close-up of single ball fungus

I’ve watched this particular fungus for weeks and am surprised by its longevity. It seems to be just out of harm’s way… FRUITS OF AUTUMN Nestled on a mossy bed,sheltered by overhanging roots,this fungus is not alone. No nibbling feast,nor landing for feet,slow, undisturbed growth. Autumn’s abundance andthreads of connection.This fungus is not alone. + … Read more

The beautiful gift of life


In our culture, life and death have been separated. And in the process, we have lost the sense of transcendence. THE BEAUTIFUL GIFT OF LIFE The gift of life isn’t about how long or how much, but being here immersed in the fragility of each day, making tender connections that frame our meaning, and being … Read more

“No man is an island”


Thursday was the anniversary of the death of the English poet John Donne nearly 400 years ago. Yet his most famous lines are as relevant today as they were then: No man is an island,Entire of itself,Every man is a piece of the continent,A part of the main.If a clod be washed away by the … Read more

Having fresh eyes to see


We think we see reality when perhaps we only observe what we expect. And the stories we tell ourselves become amplified, and our role in them is firm and secure. Until they aren’t, and the world is no longer what we thought. Yet we have this opportunity to see with fresh eyes. If we are … Read more

Letting go to see the new


We know we can’t pick up anything more when we physically have our hands full. It’s impossible. Yet, how often do we hold on tightly to ideas and identities that might have served us well in the past? Not realising that we can’t see the new connections if we don’t let go. Or is this … Read more

The only one


I spied this gorgeously coloured leaf while walking up the green path in the late afternoon. Lying on a damp mat of mushed leaves, this one shone like a gilded emerald and took my breath away. It was the only one, and I wanted you to see it too. Because you are as distinctive as … Read more

Eyes to see below the surface


Like the overnight appearance of fruiting bodies – mushrooms, toadstools and other fungi popping up through the leaf mould or grass – the fruit of our own lives has much deeper entangled origins than appears at first sight. Yet we continue to expect it to arrive ready-packaged, like mushrooms on the supermarket shelves. Divorced from … Read more