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

Unfurling

unfurling

Musing on these beautiful ferns lining the green paths… UNFURLING What do you hold within yourself that you are ready to reveal? Summoning courage to shed the fear of unreadiness, impatient to unfurl all you could be into the spring light of new beginnings. This isn’t the certainty of success, it’s the joy of being. … Read more

On seeing new life

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I am awed by the privilege of seeing new life emerge. Whether it’s the tiny shoots of green, the eruption of tadpoles or the emergence of someone stepping bravely into all they can become. It’s astonishingly beautiful. Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

Being in the movement of water

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Where we choose to position ourselves makes a difference. Are we standing upstream, noticing where water is flowing? Or are we looking upstream, feeling the relentless movement coming towards us? Being upstream and seeing what happens in the flow beyond us has a sense of calm. What happens from here does not affect us. We … Read more