Tomorrow is a new day


Indeed, tomorrow is a new year. Yet, in reaching for my usual John O’Donohue’s blessings – For a New Beginning and For a New Year – I sensed that 2023 might require something different of us. I don’t know what it is, though I suspect we might need more courage and hope than we have … Read more

On the emotional cost of letting go


Sometimes finding our courage to live the rhythm of life is sad and painful. This isn’t only about letting go of the things holding us back but also laying down our attachment to things that have been lovely and good. Not holding on too tightly, yet honouring what is precious. Because the rhythm of life … Read more

Courage to live the rhythm of life


We live in a culture that promises to make everything safe and OK. Nothing extreme, nothing too demanding or exposing – as long as we follow the unwritten rules. Let’s take the essence of the experience and bottle it for consumption rather than experience the highs and the lows. But that’s not life. And it’s … Read more

Being open to seeing what is already there


How often do we see what we expect rather than what is there? It’s not that we are intentionally deceiving ourselves. We’re just in a hurry, and our brain is filling in the gaps. So re-reading Steven Pressfield’s brilliant book The War of Art yesterday was one of those ah-ha moments for me. Are the … Read more

Voices of story and truth


Words shape the way we see the world. However, language is more than the words we use. There are the external inflexions – our tone, phrasing and vocabulary – and these are held in the flow of our movements and posture. Yet our knowing what is being communicated is even more than these. We subtly … Read more

Owning our stories of struggle


It takes courage to own our stories of struggle. Not making them into a melodrama, but recognising the truth that life isn’t always easy. And neither are we. These stories start with us looking in the mirror and choosing not to airbrush the imperfections. Nor making excuses, but instead choosing to love and be loved. … Read more

Naming on the path to wholeness


Our longings are for what is out of reach. And our yearning is only in absence, not in fullness. Yet naming is a courageous act of vulnerability. It’s a vital first step of embodiment, a means of making real what we need. So I wonder what we might need to name in becoming whole?

Finding courage to stay in the open


Partway through the week, I found the word to describe what I was sensing. Rawness. Like when everything you touch feels like sandpaper, coarse and uncomfortable. A painful edge that you can’t define enough to do anything about. It was in the air, both here and around the world. I sensed it for others and … Read more