Love is a way of seeing

Lakeside in the morning sunlight, with geese on the bank and goosanders on the water

I started contemplating love as another of my little words this week. And soon realised that the word love was altogether different (you knew, of course). It isn’t a pivot word, like ‘and’ or ‘yet’. Instead, it offers us a transcendent way of seeing. With soft eyes and a generous heart. Who do you know … Read more

On being bringers of peace

View across the tumbling water to the reeds.

To be bringers of peace, we have to be carriers of peace. Yet, this isn’t something we can put on like a coat or a mask. However beautiful. So, how and where do we replenish our reservoir of peace? Yesterday, I turned again to the farmer/poet Wendell Berry to reset my heart. THE PEACE OF … Read more

Being open to seeing with the eyes of our heart

Close up of dew on gorse flower, surrounded by gorse thorns

Many of us will be familiar with, and indeed cherish, the phrase from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”  Yet, let’s not kid ourselves that this is some warm feeling that makes us smile. It … Read more

The song of the human heart

small shafts of sunlight falling on blue and pink hydrangea flowers

Reflections on this day… OF HUMAN HEARTS What is the song of the human heart? To know and be known. To love and be loved. To be complete in incompleteness, soul to soul and heart to heart. + Sue Heatherington Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

Revealing what is hidden

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Choose stillness to see with the eyes of our heart and quiet to hear the melodies of our soul. Here we see what is hidden  and catch the wordless songs that open us wide to courageous possibility and discovering what is real. Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

No more careless looking

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Will we respond to today’s invitation to really see? To pay attention with different eyes and notice what has been there all along? Cherishing the sight. After all, we don’t see deeply with our minds. Pause. See. Re-story.

Life at the heart of autumn

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In the slanting sunlight, I spied one of our bumper acorns. Plump and free of its cup, it was ready for germination and sprouting in the moist soil. This is life in its unfolding, doing what it does in season. So what about us? Where are we opening ourselves to this next stage of life? … Read more

How far can you see?

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I suspect there is a limit to your physical sight. There certainly is to mine! And it depends on our vantage point. However, I also wonder if we can see further with the eyes of our hearts. And perhaps that’s what will serve us better in the coming days.

Seeing with the eyes of our heart

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Even in our most alone-ness, we are not alone. The earth beneath our feet teems with more life than we can imagine. While the air we breathe is shared with others across space and time, irrespective of status. And the flow of water continues its forever circularity through the tiniest cavities and the greatest of … Read more

Hearing in the silence

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When you travel,A new silenceGoes with you,And if you listen,You will hearWhat your heart wouldLove to say. + John O’Donohue, from For the Traveller Early last week, a good friend sent me an excerpt from this John O’Donohue blessing. I was surprised by the sense of urgency that it evoked in me. The calling of … Read more