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 passionate advocate of writing to heal. And as journalist of some 30-odd years (some of them very odd), I am naturally drawn to the practice of journaling. It’s a simple healing tool that can reduce stress, liberate you from limiting self-beliefs and even give your life new meaning. Research has found that writing about painful experiences boosts the immune system, reduces trips to the … [Read more...] about Writing to heal: how to be a proper journalist
Yes, it’s April Fools’ Day but this post is no joke. As April 1 falls on a Sunday this year, I am marking - rather than celebrating - a defining event. For today is the 39th anniversary of the day - Sunday April 1, 1973 - that my lovely dad had a devastating stroke, when he was only 46 years old. While I am not going tell the story of that event right now, suffice to say it changed … [Read more...] about How I let myself become an April Fool…
Imagine you’re inside a sleeping bag in a one-person tent. You’re all zipped up and cosy, protected against the elements. Only what you don’t realise is that you are not outside at all. You are camping out in the small upstairs bedroom of a large detached house. You do not know you are in a house. You’re so wrapped up in your little bubble that you’ve never even unzipped your tent. If you were … [Read more...] about Are you camping out in your own life?
The Dalai Lama certainly thinks so - he’s said as much. This is not an insult to Eastern women; just an acknowledgment that affluent, self-realised Western women have a much better chance of rescuing the planet than less affluent Eastern women who may still be in survival mode. Up until now we have had a massive imbalance between masculine and feminine power. Certainly in the past 100 years, we … [Read more...] about Will Western women save the world?
I derive great pleasure from the English language. I especially enjoy discovering new words - or rediscovering words that had slipped out of my vocabulary. My word of the day is sapient. It’s another way of saying wise, having good taste, or good judgment. It comes from sapience - meaning wisdom. Related to this is the Latin word sapere, meaning “to taste, to be wise, to … [Read more...] about Finding your wisdom in deep inner space