Questions are for holding now…

White swan on the lake in the late afternoon sun

One of the illusions of our age is that answers are abundant. All we have to do is find them. In one sense, this is right. We can know far more than we ever thought possible with the internet and AI. And yet… What is more valuable is our capacity for digging deeper—so much deeper—and … Read more

Crossing the divide

View of ford and footbridge with dark passage beyond

When did you last venture across without fully knowing what was on the other side? Or are you still in the middle… and wondering why? Better than the lasting regret of having not tried… This is brave space. Pause. See differently. Re-story…

Courage and hope open our lives to fresh light

Fern on the edge of a dark pool

The unfolding of this powerful blessing from John O’Donohue feels like the story of my week. And I suspect it will resonate with you too… So here it is in full. FOR COURAGE When the light around you lessensAnd your thoughts darken untilYour body feels fear turnCold as stone inside, When you find yourself bereftOf … Read more

Being open to a fresh start

Shaft of sunlight catching a freshly opened young shoot of ash

Yesterday a friend posed the question: what would you do if you could start afresh? I wonder how that lands with you… UNFURLING What do you holdwithin yourselfthat you areready to reveal? Summoning courageto shed the fearof unreadiness,impatient to unfurlall you could beinto the spring lightof new beginnings. This isn’t thecertainty of success,it’s the joyof … Read more

It is time to take the leap

View down the valley with low-lying cloud touching the far side

Welcome. Today is a significant milestone. However, I wanted to approach it grounded in the realities of our world and lives rather than relying on over-familiar words. So, this new poem from Gideon Heugh feels like a good fit. TAKE THE LEAP ANYWAY Dare to believe. And when believing lets you down,and after you have … Read more

Keeping vigil in a midweek pause for peace

sheep on the horizon seen through the barbed wire fence

Last week, Steve Garnaas-Holmes published a profoundly beautiful poem, Vigil, which seems appropriate for our midweek pause today. VIGIL As darkness descendsyou hold your candle,your frail light,but it is not little.It is the flame of “Let there be light,”the big bang of hope.Your light orbits through the darknesswith all the other starsin a great galaxy … Read more

Courage to look beneath the surface

Close-up of common corn flag buds against a dark background

In developing our creative muscles to make fresh paths, we need to face the things that would hinder us. And this will be different for each of us. Whether it’s the voices in our head that repeat words spoken over us long ago. Or the fear of being different from those around us. Or anything … Read more

Compassion and courage to see differently

Close-up of raindrops on a water lilly pad in shadow

One word can make such a difference. ‘Sawubona’ – I see you – encapsulates a profound sense of being seen and heard. Yet you can’t do this without compassion and empathy. Because it means being present, not just glancing in passing, seeing beneath the surface and recognising both sameness and otherness. And this takes time … Read more

When you are ready…

goslings flapping their wings on the water

Yesterday the older goslings started to learn to fly. WHEN YOU ARE READY … or a bit before, start your flying practice,   or whatever practice you are developing. Stretch your wings,   open your mouth,   hear yourself speak, dip your toe. Do whatever you need to do to start moving   because now … Read more