A love of life without Plan B

leaf buds on a corkscrew hazel

We are so used to being in control. Of being able to plan and make provision for every eventuality. But what if we focused on loving life rather than using our time as a test run? Because I am not sure we have fully grasped that there is only now… “I don’t want to end … Read more

Life graces us with presence

Raindrops on moss on a tree

There’s an unhurried rhythm to presence in the valley, especially with living creatures. And I am grateful that tuning in reveals so much. WONDER Life graces us with presence. Our welcome, its unfurling, while our hurry drives it away. And gifting a glimpse of radiance in a raindrop  can carry us through the day. Life … Read more

For times when words are inadequate

abstract image of leaves moving in the darkness

We all know times when we don’t have the words. Maybe our language lacks the complexity we are trying to articulate. Perhaps it is too narrow or shallow for what we are trying to say. Or we are overwhelmed by the negativity we encounter daily, to rise above with a verbal expression of hope. In … Read more

Carry the quiet with you

brightly coloured fuchsia flower caught in low sunlight

What does it take to bring calm into the room? I don’t think it’s just about absence. Or lack of an opinion. Or even silence. Because even the stones sing. Instead, perhaps it’s a quality of listening and the character of presence we bring. Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

Perseverance with kindness

Close-up of alpacas standing together in the woodland

Perseverance can be a severe-sounding word. A ‘grit your teeth and get through it’ stubbornness. But what if we embraced the softer side of perseverance by being present with kindness? I appreciated this gem from Kevin Kelly in Excellent Advice for Living: Wisdom I Wish I’d Known Earlier: Whenever you have a choice betweenbeing right … Read more

The timeliness of being present

Canada Geese and alpacas together on the lakeside

It can take a while to trust being around others. This first-time Canada Goose family learnt the hard way that the presence of alpacas can help protect them from predator foxes. Now, they have an understanding and are comfortable in each other’s presence. Doing what they do best – the first-time father watching out for … Read more

The fullness of now

delicate petals of the old pink rose just before they dropped

The old rose I wrote about a few weeks ago is gracefully sharing the last of its beauty. Its colour is exquisite, and the way it holds the last drops of rain is almost tender. Oh, that we would embrace the fullness of now, not clinging to some other time. THE FULLNESS OF NOW We … Read more

The gift of quiet

the-gift-of-quiet

This is a gift we give ourselves. We need to own and value it. And if we have it, we can share this gift with others. But we can’t wait, hoping others will give us our gift. Because it’s not that kind of present. Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

In the presence of luminous light

in-the-presence-of-luminous-light

I love the early evening light in the valley. It has a certain quality that suggests depth and nuance. It also has the dual sense of lingering while also being fleeting and inviting me to relax in contentment without holding on too tightly. What a beautiful lesson in presence. Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿