Lingering with the intention of life

Close up of the flowering heads of fresh spring moss

Lingering, not as avoidance or prevarication, but to pursue life in its wholeness. INVITATION TO LINGER Slowing downenough to notice thelittle signs of grace, spacious enough to become attentive,water curiosity anddelight in possibility, the unfolding of amore generous life. + Sue Heatherington Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

Speaking of frost…

Frost covered grasses

Some days, something catches my eye and takes my breath away. Like yesterday, when the sub-zero temperature combined with a shaft of sunlight penetrating the mist hovering over the lake. That was amazing by itself. And then I saw the delicate dusting of frost on the tender mosses and grass. And I was smitten. This … Read more

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

Embracing the wholeness of peace

A mixture of vegetation on the top of a fence post

Seeking for peace is not pursuing absence. Peace is about wholeness rather than lack of conflict. And that means peace and love go together. Not the ‘you are wonderful and let’s put you on a pedestal’ type of love. But the love that sees the whole of us. Cracks, differences, mess and everything. That’s the … Read more

Being still with who we are

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I suspect that this kind of stillness doesn’t mean being rigid and motionless. It’s not an absence. Instead, it’s a wholeness characterised by being settled in our own skin. And I suspect it isn’t achieved by earnest pursuit of self-actualisation. Rather by being at peace with who we are. Making healthy choices with insight and … Read more

Do tell me, what do you see?

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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 open to a different take on wholeness

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I love the way poetry can ask questions we wouldn’t know how to frame. And the way words plant seeds that sprout in unexpected places. Blooming in colours we weren’t anticipating. Yet I guess we need to be open to exploring these different dimensions of wholeness because it doesn’t come to order. Allison Joseph’s poem … Read more

Naming on the path to wholeness

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Our longings are for what is out of reach. And our yearning is only in absence, not in fullness. Yet naming is a courageous act of vulnerability. It’s a vital first step of embodiment, a means of making real what we need. So I wonder what we might need to name in becoming whole?

Time to know the wonderful whole

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You are not the sum of your parts. You are a unique whole. And that uniqueness is also integrally shaped by where you are in time and space. There isn’t another you. So stop trying to fix the bits you aren’t sure of – or don’t like – and instead grow in wholeness. Wonderfully, right … Read more

The gift of giving our full attention

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How do we start to heal the fractures, both within ourselves and within our world? By giving people, us included, the benefit of our full attention. Our quality of focus and our presence. Because we can’t multi-task. It isn’t physiologically possible, even if you try to kid yourself that you are the exception. Instead, let’s … Read more