There’s an old Buddhist proverb that says when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. I have found this to be true so many times in my life, especially in those moments when serendipity intervenes and I seem to stumble upon just the right book, the perfect website or a new contact who points me in an inspiring direction. It’s appropriate that the proverb is a Buddhist one … [Read more...] about Who would you be without your story?
I had to get a rush-hour train this morning. This is something I rarely need to do, and usually manage to avoid, so it’s always fascinating to me to watch how other people behave on their way to work. It was cold, windy and wet in London so I wasn’t anticipating many happy, smiling faces. But what struck me was that everyone seemed to be in a hurry, whether or not they needed to be. … [Read more...] about Are you sick with hurry?
This morning, the Telegraph website published a lovely gallery of photos of naturally occurring heart shapes (link below), which demonstrates that there really are hearts everywhere if you look for them. It got me thinking about the heart icon, how our brains scan for it and pattern-match it all the time, and what were the origins of a symbol that has come to mean everything from eternal love … [Read more...] about My love is like a green, green ivy leaf…
I was lucky enough to be invited by Dr Mark Atkinson, founder of the Academy of Lifestyle Medicine and creator of Human Potential Coaching, to assist on his first workshop of the year. This was my first opportunity to co-facilitate, and what a privilege it was to witness the personal breakthroughs made by the individual participants. By the end of the fourth day everyone had reached a … [Read more...] about Deep listening with the ear in your chest
Yesterday’s history, tomorrow’s a mystery, today’s a gift - that’s why they call it the present. You may have heard that one before and it might seem a bit of a cliche but it’s worth looking into what that really means in practice. It’s all about freeing ourselves from the past, not worrying about the future and living in the moment. How does that work, though? How do you live in the moment? … [Read more...] about Always touched by your presence, dear