Compassionate self

Compassionate self-discipline:  Is there, can there, be such a thing? Self-discipline is a much admired and desired quality.  And yet deep within the word discipline is a hidden snarl curled up and ready to pounce, to punish. It is coupled with words like military,...

Finding the freedom to be….

Often we come to know about something not by its presence, by experiencing and knowing what it is, but by its absence, our lack, our not knowing. And so it is for freedom, much discussed by philosophers and politicians, enshrined in the Abrahamic understanding of...

Leap of faith

Many years ago I heard a soft inner voice tell me: You don’t transit, you JUMP. Sometimes Life changes – just like THAT. It comes like an arrow shot from a bow so far away we cannot see. Landing, quivering with its energy and direction right into the centre of...

We are In Earth not On Her

Not so long ago, each morning, school assemblies in Britain reverberated with children chanting the Lord’s Prayer. …Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, On Earth, as it is in Heaven… A switch in one letter, ‘o’ to ‘i’, turns the ‘on Earth’ to ‘in Earth’ as...

The pain of being with and In-Earth

“You are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.”  – Rousseau For as long as I can recall I knew that whatever and wherever God and His Heaven are, He is undoubtedly part of the Earth. I sensed we...