Category Archives: Spirituality

silence and solitude

Silence and solitude

“The great of the earth are those who leave silence and solitude around themselves, their work and their life, and let it ripen of its own accord.”   – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Silence and solitude. Silence and solitude.

Do we leave enough silence and solitude around ourselves? Continue reading

Resurrection

‘resurrection says that what we do with our lives matters
in this body
the one that we inhabit right now
every act of compassion matters
every work of art that celebrates the good and the true matters
every fair and honest act of business and trade
every kind word
they all belong and they will all go on in God’s good world
nothing will be forgotten
nothing will be wasted
it all has it’s place’

This is an extract from Resurrection by Rob Bell, whole poem below.  I love that line ‘what we do with our lives matters’.

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I’m speaking at Greenbelt

I’m speaking at this year’s Greenbelt Festival.

If you’re at Greenbelt, come and join my Self Confidence for women workshop.

See you there!

UPDATE: I spoke at Greenbelt and 137 women explored self confidence and discussed how to say “No”. I’m in touch with a number of them and had some writeups. It was wonderful to discuss the difference between working out what others expect of us (particularly bosses and adult children) and what we actually want to give. What are our boundaries?

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Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

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“Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Continue reading

Serenity – and the things we cannot change

Those of you reading this in the UK know that we have had more rain this summer than the last 150 years. Or is it since records began? A long time anyway!

Friends have talked of frustration or even anger at the ‘bad’ weather. They haven’t been able to plan outdoor activities and go for walks or cycles without the risk of getting wet. They haven’t seen a lot of sun.

My response to the weather this year has been to be intrigued. It has been very, very wet. And there has been very little sun. And I find myself wondering what next – could there be snow even? Without meaning to, I have adopted a Zen-like acceptance towards British weather this summer. Or, to switch religions, ‘everything works together for good’. Continue reading

Following passion

I am very excited about the fact that we can choose who we become. We cannot always choose our circumstances – we can choose how we respond to them.

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I feel that as I am challenged by setting up my own business I am stretched, I am moving out of comfort zones, fearful and there is much that is difficult. I am waking up at 5 in the morning at the moment and could do with some more sleep! Yet I feel alive, excited, vibrant. Continue reading

thankfulness – an update

Well, I’ve been diligently thanking God for three things a day… and it’s good. sunflowerI’m noticing extra moments, what I might call ‘yellow shiny happy moments’, in my life.

Apparently there is science behind all of this. The Guardian Weekend magazine this week (3-3-07) had an article by Oliver Burkeman decrying ‘the hedonic treadmill’. And also

‘people who keep regular ‘gratitude journals’ report fewer physical symptoms, more alertness, enthusiasm, Continue reading

Start of Lent – thankfulness!

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Yesterday saw the start of Lent, the 40 day countdown to Easter. Traditionally, it’s a time of penance and sacrifice. However, it’s also enough time to get a new habit embedded strongly in your life.

Last year, I decided to stop watching television for Lent. It was a time of relaxing with books and time telephoning friends instead of TV.

This year, I decided to add something. Thankfulness. Continue reading