The worlds we make

part of a white hydrangea caught in a shaft of sunlight

I love the phrase ‘words make worlds’. It’s an ancient Talmudic saying that has carried the weight of years with grace. Yet it’s not only our broader culture that is shaped and understood by the words we use. It is also about the story we tell ourselves about who we are and what we are … Read more

Pondering our perceptions of time and movement


We tend to think of movement as getting from A to B. Or of getting better, moving away from what was undesirable. Yet here in the valley, water and the unrooted more-than-humans are the only ones who display movement like this. Others demonstrate their aliveness by blossoming like the overnight eruption of white hawthorn flowers … Read more

Encountering life in the valley


It’s all around us, this evidence of life: flowing in the stream, emerging from the ground, breathing the air. Life in abundance everywhere we look, and in those places we cannot see, yet know it is there. Precious. Hidden. Beautiful. Vulnerable. How could we value such an extraordinary gift? + Sue Heatherington, Earth Day 2023 … Read more

Reasons to expand our listening


The thing about echo chambers is that they are predictable. After a while, we know what will come next. Yet that familiarity can become comfortable. We know where we are, or at least think we are. Until we realise that this isn’t reality. And then we have a choice.

Do tell me, what do you see?


When you look at a friend: what do you see? Do you notice their stature or how they have their hair? Is it their clothes that draw your attention? Or is it something else? Something that expresses their essence, their wholeness, with the tone of the present showing up in the way they hold themselves … Read more

Being ready to sit with the question


Have you noticed? Often our significant questions invite us to sit with them for a while. Yet we’re in such a hurry. We’ve become conditioned to believe that questions need clear answers. Now. But how would we know we’re looking at it the wrong way round, upside down, or back to front? Indeed what if … Read more

Words at work – handle with care


How we describe what we observe and feel reinforces what we think we see. Because ultimately, we can’t ‘see’ everything. For example, our colour perception as human beings is only within a limited range, unlike many non-human beings, who see much more than we do. So our words are significant shapers of how we interpret … Read more

Words change us, one word at a time


Words shape us. They are our tools to describe, define and communicate. Both to ourselves and to each other, sometimes as weapons yet often as a gift. Our particular culture’s words frame how we see, think, and feel. And to a large extent, it determines how we react. So how can we transform our world … Read more