On mishearing intention


I wonder if we miss the invitation of beautiful questions because we give them another voice. And perhaps hear a tone that closes us down rather than opens us up. It’s worth considering. Now, what was it you said?

Pausing with a beautiful question


Earlier this week, I stumbled across a delightful podcast: Crazy Good Turns, hosted by Frank Blake and Brad Shaw (Former CEO and VP of Home Depot). Their guest was the poet, author and philosopher David Whyte, and the episode experimented with thoughtful questions from listeners who had read David’s book Consolations. David explored a favourite … Read more

Creating space for beautiful questions


Beautiful questions need room to breathe. These are the ones that open up our world rather than closing it down. That inspires hope, yet do so graciously and gracefully. Not pushing us into a corner but inviting us into wide-open spaces. Beautiful questions remind us that we are whole beings, becoming from the inside out. … Read more

What do you see now?


I noticed this unfurled catkin displaying its flower cluster in the defused sunlight late yesterday afternoon. It prompted reflections about what else I was seeing. I notice that people appear to have less time and capacity to ponder significant questions. That time feels like it is speeding up, and our gaze is much shorter term. … Read more

Beauty emerging from the dust


There are times when we simply can’t imagine something beautiful emerging from the ash heap. Times in our lives. And times in our world, like now. Yet our living system has the propensity for life by its very nature. And life is beautiful. The beauty we yearn for is more than skin deep, often growing … Read more

Being open to the unexpectedly beautiful


When I am pursuing a beautiful thread, I have come to expect the unexpected. Because often, when I hit a dead-end, and I’m ready to give up, I notice something out of the corner of my eye. Perhaps I’m becoming more awake to the astonishing possibilities created by mixing ideas or contrasting insights. Often when … Read more