To bury or drown under a huge mass. To defeat completely. To crush. To overpower. To engulf. To surge over and submerge. These are just a few of the dictionary definitions of the word overwhelm. For me, going into overwhelm is not only a state of mind - it’s an emotional, physical, spiritual state as well. When it happens, which it did to me last week, it feels as if I can’t move forward, can’t … [Read more...] about Going into overwhelm and out the other side
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I’m currently reading Debbie Ford’s excellent book The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, which examines those parts of our psyche that we reject and bury in our subconscious. She shows that it is possible to acknowledge and accept what we judge as our “weaknesses” - and that these qualities conceal hidden gifts and strengths. I had an opportunity to meet one of these buried parts the other day … [Read more...] about What is the gift of cynicism?
Having flogged myself by sticking to a post-a-day regimen for the first few months of 2012, this year I’m adopting a kinder, less-is-more attitude to blogging in the hope of cultivating a Bowie-esque mystique. Well, that’s my excuse, anyway. However, now we have had the first new moon of the year, I am feeling a little more focused. This is where 2013 begins - a year that seems less burdened by … [Read more...] about Integrate this: let everyday joy be unconfined
Last night I watched a documentary about mapping the universe. What was extraordinary about this story for me was not only the skill and determination of the cosmologists involved to take on such a seemingly overwhelming project, but that they were willing to allow themselves to dream this big. And what I also took away was that, when it comes to this vast, unimaginable scale all that … [Read more...] about The universe is expanding, so live a bigger story…
I’m a writer, OK? I’ve been a professional writer for more than 30 years. That’s what I do - I write. That’s how I communicate. That’s how I spread my ideas. That’s how I can show up without showing off. But guess what? I also have a voice. Not a voice that hides behind words, but a proper voice that makes sounds and everything… Before I was a writer, I sang: a semi-professional backing singer … [Read more...] about Enter the Compassionate Ninja…
There’s no getting away from the fact that I was a shy child. All through my school years my reports praised my conscientiousness and good standard of work but repeatedly criticised me for not speaking up. A typical comment was: “Beverley is a quiet girl who would benefit from participating more in class discussions.” My teachers didn’t seem to consider my shyness might be a factor in this, or … [Read more...] about The thrill of appearing outside yourself