Blogs

I share insights from workshops, books, and life generally by writing short blogs. You can see a relevant selection below.

Book blog: The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller

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Oct 042021
 
Book blog: The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller

Subtitle: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief You may have noticed, as I have, a growing number of grief tending workshops, grief rituals and similar events in recent years. What’s your reaction to them? I admit that mine has been a mix of mild interest and some resistance. Francis Weller is one […]

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An introduction to Soul Resilience

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Sep 012021
 
An introduction to Soul Resilience

If you hope to thrive and grow through your life, not just cope and survive, how will you do this in the stormier times we can see ahead of us? It needs a quantum step up in resilience, and that’s what Soul Resilience could offer you. Exploring the soul’s journey is one of the best […]

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Climate alarm? Learning to live with it

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Aug 262021
 
Climate alarm? Learning to live with it

The IPCC report this week on the climate crisis has left me alarmed and unsettled, maybe you too. I’m writing this blog for myself as much as anyone, as part of my long-running search for ways to live with this. There are plenty of good processes out there, and many of us have been using […]

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Learning to Unlearn

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Aug 262021
 
Learning to Unlearn

Yes, it’s a paradox, but our ways of thinking, our habitual responses, are so deeply set that a deliberate effort of unlearning is needed if we want to see things as they are, and be able to find a fresh response. I’ve been exploring Sufi teachings for over thirty years, and they’re a great aid […]

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Meaning, Purpose, Connection: what does inspiration mean to you?

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Aug 262021
 
Meaning, Purpose, Connection: what does inspiration mean to you?

The literal meaning of inspire is to draw in spirit, from the Latin spiritus, signifying both breath and a bigger connection. I know the word spiritual is hard for some people, so replace it with inspirational if you prefer. I’m using it because I believe that spiritual aspects of life and resilience will become more vital […]

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Deep Adaptation and climate change: An intro to the work of Jem Bendell

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Aug 262021
 
Deep Adaptation and climate change: An intro to the work of Jem Bendell

Back in 2018, the sense of urgency about the climate crisis rose sharply, helped by several key voices, including Greta Thunberg, and Professor Jem Bendell. Whilst he strongly supports all efforts to reduce climate change, he cites extensive scientific evidence that it is too late to avoid serious worsening. Jem uses the term Deep Adaptation […]

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From Before to Beyond: exploring the soul’s journey

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Aug 262021
 
From Before to Beyond: exploring the soul’s journey

Life is getting more changeable for most of us.  Many of us these days have to face mortality more directly: perhaps because of our own health, or the passing of a friend or family member.  Sufi teachings and other traditions urge us to face our dying to enrich our living: by getting through fears and […]

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Learning from extremes: hospices

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Aug 262021
 
Learning from extremes: hospices

In my exploration of resilience, I’ve become interested in what we can learn where this quality is tested to an extreme. Death is a pretty severe test of resilience, not only for the person dying, but for family and professionals, and my research with hospices has been fascinating. Seeding our Future’s groups on Nourishing the […]

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Enriching your life through the soul’s voice

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Aug 262021
 
Enriching your life through the soul’s voice

Although I’ve led many groups and retreats, a recent weekend was one of the edgiest: on the theme Exploring the Soul’s Journey.  My co-leader Cordelia and I both felt nervous about helping people to contact their souls for guidance about good living, good dying, and what my lie beyond. Our weekend at The Abbey, near […]

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