Your breath is the hope of the universe

Striking pink sky at dusk above the dark hillside

This beautiful blessing from Steve Garnaas-Holmes yesterday felt particularly timely. As we develop our rhythm of pause, especially #Pause4Peace, let his words seep into our souls. BLESSED ARE YOU Blessed are youwho guard your joy so tenderlybecause you’re also heartbroken for the world.Blessed are you who, in passing moments,feel a flutter of dreadfor what is … Read more

On being surprised by joy

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The thing we don’t expect in times of significant shift or transition is joy. Or colour when we think that everything is dying back. Or a sense of overwhelming relief when we finally let go of something that has shaped us in the past. Yet, along with the realisation that we are not alone – … Read more

Unfurling

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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

The joy of being more human

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I saw two beautiful butterflies flitting among the wildflowers, too fast to capture well. The sight stirred my emotions, though my thoughts took me elsewhere. And reminded me that in the face of technological advances such as AI and the pressures of our culture, we urgently need to be more human, not as a fearful … Read more

The beautiful gift of life

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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

Where the wind blows

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In this little corner of South West Wales, after the rain comes the wind. And wind is extraordinary. You can only see it by its impact, the way it changes whatever is in its path. How the still body of water becomes a turbulent landscape. Or the way normally sedate and stately trees dance in … Read more

What are we listening for?

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I wonder, what are we listening for? Is it the calling of our name in the middle of a crowd? The sweet pleasure of being seen amidst the others. Or is it the echoes of the earth? Reminding us that we are part of a time that stretches way beyond what we can see. Perhaps … Read more

Discovering joy in unexpected places

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Rebecca Solnit is a writer, historian and activist. In a conversation with Krista Tippett in 2016, they talked about her work giving voice to the untold histories of redemptive change in places like New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “When all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become … Read more

What would make you smile?

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I wonder, what would make you smile? Is it specific people, places or ideas? Or everything and anything depending on the when and how? What we bring to the moment as well as what the moment holds. These are some of the things that made me smile as I walked up the green path in … Read more

Joy in a broken world

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Listening to ourselves, each other, and this amazing yet broken world takes time and patience. We can close our ears and pretend not to hear. Or receive the gift of joy. It’s our choice. INVITATION Oh do you have timeto lingerfor just a little whileout of your busy and very important dayfor the goldfinchesthat have … Read more