Gracious in awareness and courageous in thought


Each day I read this verse from John O’Donohue’s blessing For Matins, from Benedictus: A Book of Blessings May I live this day Compassionate of heart,Clear in word,Gracious in awareness,Courageous in thought,Generous in love. And yesterday a friend sent me a link to a New York Times article that made my heart sing: Fighting Racism, … Read more

Getting out of our own way


We don’t have to do everything. We can’t be perfect. Yet we can make good trouble. And perhaps that’s what we’re here for.

Why might we welcome disturbance?


Sometimes our language is simply too narrow. We have one word when we need several with more nuance. ‘Disturbance’ is one of them. There’s a world of difference between being disturbed by something repulsive and something that questions our mindset, enabling us to see with a healthier perspective. The word also doesn’t allow for timeliness. … Read more

No way back…


There’s a path in the woods where the dog and I used to walk every day. I haven’t been there as often since she died a month ago. And now the path is overgrown with bramble and bracken. In some places, I can’t even find the track again. This is a visceral reminder for me … Read more

What stops us from moving?


So what stops us from moving forward? We often think it is fear or not enough discipline and willpower. Or perfectionism – we don’t want to fail. Perhaps it’s not knowing enough or being unclear about where we are going. Yes, all of these and more are contributors. And each of us will have our … Read more

Disturbing the present


What disturbs you? Does it disturb you enough to do something about it? And how far would you go? These are uncomfortable words, and they often drive us in one direction. More. Louder. Faster. Yet disturbing the present may require turning off the noise, quietening the constant chatter in our heads, and being still enough … Read more