Spirituality

100s of ways to kneel

There are 100s of ways to kneel and kiss the ground – Rumi I have a snippet of this poem in my prayer book and I found myself pondering it. It’s from a poem by Sufi mystic, Rumi. At first I thought that Rumi meant for each of us there is a huge number of ways […]

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Changing tastes

I have always loved dark, twisted books and TV. But there seems to be something happening to my tastes, they are changing quite considerably. I’ve written before about how I can’t watch Game of Thrones, and this same thing is affecting all the TV I watch and even the books I read. I don’t want […]

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They are Christian…

I’m quite private about my Christianity, aside of this blog at any rate, I don’t talk to people about it and I think a lot of that stems from the fact there is still a part of me that is embarrassed to be a Christian. I have spoken about that at length here and here, […]

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Making friends as an adult

I moved to Essex about ten years ago and I didn’t know anyone here aside from my husband’s family. A few years ago I realised I was lonely, I didn’t have any local friends. I don’t have kids, so the usual meeting people at the playground didn’t happen for me. When I joined my band, […]

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Going deeper

At the end of last year I passed my grade 6 flute, which I am very proud of. When I joined my band I was grade three, and January marked the start of my fourth year in the band. In the exams I do – ABRSM – you have to take Grade 5 theory before […]

creativity

If I just had the right…

I’ve decided on my focus, well I say decided, but utterly committed to is the correct term…writing. I’ve blithered away about how much I want to do it in my journals for years, I have half arsed written stuff for years. Now I am committing. You’ll have noticed I’ve increased blogging here, and aside from […]

Mental health

Tiptoeing into the unknown

I think I am getting to the point where I know what I want to be doing with my life, in fact I have always know, but the fear is stopping me from heading there. I have lived my life wrapped up in shoulds and musts, worrying about what other people think of me, what […]

creativity

Joyful ukulele

The ukulele is such a joyful instrument, it gives me a huge amount of pleasure. It always sounds uplifting. I took it up four years ago now and I’m very happy I did. I’m glad that there are whole classes in schools across the country learning to play it, I suspect they all sound a […]