Being open to awe

View across the lake at low level with rippled reflections across the water

I don’t think we can manufacture awe. Instead, it’s a heart orientation. An openness to being enveloped by the transcendent, something that is far bigger than us. Catching a glimpse out of the corner of our eye and widening our gaze to be astonished. Being enlarged in the seeing. Feasting with the eyes of our … Read more

The harmony of soul and life

Close up of dewdrops on a spider's web in the grass

I’m with Roman Eggenberger… The question of work-life balance has passed its sell-by date. It’s a notion from the era when we were taught that life was lived in boxes and we operated like machines… When it’s all about life, with a capital L. May you find a harmony between your soul and your life. … Read more

Wandering in the lesser light

Tip of a daisy against a dark backdrop

I rarely find what I’m looking for in bright light. Everything is too flat, devoid of nuance and texture. Sure, it may be clear, with sharp edges. But it doesn’t breathe or sing to my soul. And this isn’t only about taking photographs… How about you? What are you looking for that really matters to … Read more

The way of the soul

Water flowing over a stone in several directions in shadow and light

Friends who speak gently in whispers talk to a different part of us. They don’t need to shout to connect with our humanity. Indeed, their voice is part of our becoming. Yet we pay so much attention to the outer part—what we are going to wear, eat, or drink. Or to our mental abilities—what or … Read more

Stepping into the quiet

Fallen camillia flowers after the rain

For those observing Holy Week, in whatever way… INTO THE QUIET In the steps of holy week,however we choose to follow,walking softly with quietened mind,tender heart and soul that can hearthe whisper we need to know.Go gently. This is holy ground. + Sue Heatherington Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿 ~ After rainfall

Being in harmony with ourselves

Scarlet Elf Cup fungi with deadwood and moss

We cannot truly belong if we are not bringing our whole selves. Our unique, one-of-a-kind being. Or, to express it another way, our particular singularity and sense of belonging are inextricably connected. We cannot have one without the other. It starts with our belonging to ourselves. We need to own who we are. So, are … Read more

Recognising our need to belong

Close up of camellia flower after the rain

I’m not sure what triggered it, but I’ve been increasingly aware of the deep need for a sense of belonging. It’s easy to rationalise or offer simplistic solutions, yet I sense this is something to sit with. Therefore, John O’Donohue’s For Belonging is an excellent place to start. FOR BELONGING May you listen to your … Read more

Delighting in a different kind of beauty

View across the lake catching the dripping of raindrops from the willow

Wandering in the murky in-between at the end of the afternoon and thinking about where we get our deepest needs met… SOUL HUNGRY Where do we gowhen hungry for beauty.To the place of limelightand gatherings of the glamorous,or the environment of lovecultivated by little acts of kindnessand the one-of-a-kind ripplesgifted by a rain-drenched willow.What feeds … Read more

Finding rest in our song

Autumn light catching a tree in shadow

All week, I have been drawn to Wendell Berry’s poem, Sabbath I. It wasn’t because I was exhausted and in need of physical relaxation. Yet, sitting with his words, I realised my need for a deeper rest. And gave in. Letting a poem speak to your soul is profound because it does not simply offer … Read more