Living well

Odious comparisons

A friend recently congratulated me on swimming for 40 minutes. I replied! Hmm, it’s nothing compared with what it used to be She immediately gave a personal example of what she used to be able to do (super impressive!), and then went onto say companions are odious. How right she is and how easy this […]

Living well

Be you

I’m beginning to think the key to a happy life is surrender. Everything is easier when you surrender to where you are now and how you are, rather than fighting to change it. My illness got a lot easier to cope with, and indeed get better from (not cured, but a vast improvement from my […]

Living well

MOAR

We are constantly told to fight, to strive, to achieve. Rhetoric in the media makes us feel like we have to be on permentant defense against the world. Social media makes it seem like everyone else is doing really well. And why aren’t you doing better. Why aren’t you buying the latest thing? Fight more. […]

Living well Spirituality

No thunderbolts

I went on a day’s pilgrimage on Sunday and I had been looking forward to it, not least because I was hoping to take part in their longer ones, where you can sleep in churches. At the start of the day we were asked to make our own private intentions for the walk. I set […]

Living well Mental health Spirituality

That aching hole

I recently discovered Mark Nepo and I enjoyed Seven thousand ways to listen a great deal and I have bought his Book of Awakening to be my daily inspirational reading. I reread Seven Thousand ways over Christmas. He spoke in the book about the ache in his soul being a tuning fork. I hadn’t thought about […]

Living well Spirituality

New Year Eve Sermon on Joy

This is the sermon I gave at my church on New Year’s Eve, or at least a pretty good version of it. I write sermons by talking to myself while out walking, writing out bullet points, then further refining while walking. At some point someone is going to catch me preaching to the trees. In order to […]

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Symbolic new year’s day

I read ages ago the idea of doing everything you want to do in the year on new year’s day. I’ve done this the last couple of years and I find it really sets my expectations and hopes for the year and it is a mini ritual of my own to mark the new year, […]