Knowing that I am not complete without you

Two swans on the lake on a winters day

Having carried an inspiring passage from Rick Rubin’s The Creative Act around for a while, I fully anticipated it would frame my work this week… Art is choosing to do something skillfully, caring about the details, bringing all of yourself to make the finest work you can. It is beyond ego, vanity, self-glorification, and need … Read more

On the extraordinary power of words

Scarf with embossed words from John O'Donohue

I am endlessly fascinated by the power of words to move us. They inspire, encourage and provoke us to shape who we think we are and why we are here. Yet I am also aware of their power to distort, manipulate, and paint pictures of a world we do not recognise or trust. So, for … Read more

On the first frost

Close up of fallen leaves whose edges are etched with frost

Dew on the ground is magical. Whole worlds are captured in each drop. Yet a few degrees colder at night and frost offers us a different world entirely. The cast on the landscape shifts from light sparkling reflections to a silvery pall that evaporates more rapidly as the sun strides across the hillside. A few … Read more

Musing on the wonder of water

Close-up of water droplets on delicate green leaves

As the soft rain cloud settles in the valley, we are surrounded by water. Its presence on all sides. Yet what holds these droplets in place? As I wonder about these jewels on display, I realise we may have more in common. We think our contribution is a result of our doing. Our effort in … Read more

Musing on what it’s all about

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Reflecting, having both the urgency and the opportunity to pause. To ask the bigger questions of life that easily get caught up in surviving. I return to the words that frame who I am and who I want to be: May I live this day Compassionate of heart, Clear in word, Gracious in awareness, Courageous … Read more

Darkling

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Gideon Heugh has just published a new book, Darkling: An Advent Journey, and I wanted to share it with you. This is a book for darkling days. A book for those who are hunkering down against the winter storms of life. A book for those who feel weary, lost, uncertain. It is not a book … Read more

Reflections after the rain

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The overflowing lake is muddy brown, laden with offerings from the mountainside. And the alpaca troughs are full of water, while the fields are squelchy underfoot. Yet after the rain is strangely subdued, inviting experience of the familiar cast in molten greys. And wonder at the cycle of life that ebbs and flows in a … Read more

A long time in coming

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I’m reading Oliver Burkeman’s outstanding book 4000 Weeks: Time and How to Use It. It’s a long time in coming – both in terms of his journey to writing it and my waiting for the right time to sit with its pages. And I’m not disappointed. It is beautifully written and full of both resonance … Read more

Remembering to breathe in and breathe out

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Breathing is an integral part of life, right? Yes. We couldn’t live without it. But what about the whole of our lives: do we build in time for deeper breathing? If we are always on the go, where is our reflection? How do we see where we’ve been, what brought us here and where we … Read more

Here. Now.

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Pause,be stilledat thismomentofgratitudeand loss,time’salchemy,a giftforan after. ~ 23rd March 2020 – one year on.