Appreciation – a gift to be shared generously

08 Dec 2021
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When was the last time we revelled in appreciation? Not just a cursory ‘thanks’ or a ‘like’, but a celebration of gratitude, naming what we appreciate in generous language. And not only for people. What about the elements of our daily life? Our food, what we wear, and aspects of life make us comfortable. Who […]

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The gift of giving our full attention

07 Dec 2021
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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 […]

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Did you realise that being heard changes us?

06 Dec 2021
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Apparently, in quantum physics, we understand that the act of observation changes the thing being observed. “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” And knowing that patterns replicate throughout the natural world – fractals – we shouldn’t be surprised by the idea that being heard changes us. […]

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Reflecting on the humility of conversation

04 Dec 2021
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How we attend to ourselves and the others in an exchange probably determines whether it is worthy of being called a conversation. Recently, John Kuzava helpfully mused on the root of the word from the Latin ‘conversatio’, which means ‘to turn about with’ or ‘to change together’. So metaphorically standing with our arms crossed, waiting […]

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A timely invitation to live the questions

03 Dec 2021
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Wisdom from the poet Rilke at the turn of the 20th century in his Letters to a Young Poet: “I ask you, dear sir, to have patience with all that is unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves, like closed rooms, like books written in a foreign language. Don’t try […]

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We don’t need to have all the words

02 Dec 2021
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It’s a delusion to think that we need to have all the words. As if an expertly articulated idea alone can win hearts and minds. Or it’s a sign of our value or worth. Instead, I wonder if it’s even better when we struggle to find the words to express what we see or feel. […]

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