Tag: life

  • A special person in my life

    A special person in my life

    Marcia was in her seventies at the time – a tiny lady with the whitest of white hair that grows out rather than down. I only agreed because I thought it was a neighbourly thing to do.

  • Real change is an inside job

    Real change is an inside job

    It’s funny how sometimes the simplest things in life can bring the greatest wonder. One of the more enjoyable aspects of retirement is having time for frank and open conversations with friends and strangers. My elderly neighbour and I bike to our local coffee shop twice a week and chat away a couple of hours.…

  • The importance of questioning everything

    The importance of questioning everything

    What would you do if you had one hour left to live? Although the temptation was there, an hour before death is probably not the best time to complete a bucket list of adventures. And I thought my last hour of life too precious to waste on a frenzy of frivolous activity. Nevertheless, I found…

  • Feelings about ageing

    Feelings about ageing

    It all seems so unfair. All my life, I have desired straight hair. I was born with, not totally curly, and not totally wavy, hair. Most of the time it is an unruly mess, a mix of curl and wave sticking out all over the place. But now I do have straight hair. The only…

  • The sacred space of ‘unknowing’

    The sacred space of ‘unknowing’

    The more I grow, the less I know. When I was younger, I thought I knew a lot more than I do now. Life disturbs you in this way – teaches you what you do not know. It is very much a holy and humbling disturbance. Before I set out to find answers for my…

  • Marriage and walking away

    Marriage and walking away

    Nothing placed my marriage under the spotlight more than when I stood on the trembling ground of my mid-life crisis. When the question, ‘Can a woman remain true to herself in a committed relationship?’ fiercely fought for my attention.

  • The art work in self-love

    The art work in self-love

    I’m a late-bloomer, boomer when it comes to self-love. When I first started blogging my spiritual diary, I was desperate to get rid of the inexplicable ‘yearning’ that has relentlessly dogged me all my life. It’s a persistent gnawing hum of longing that does not abate. And the roar was getting louder. I knew if…

  • Life is not an entitlement

    Life is not an entitlement

    Life is a gift? It’s one of those clichés we all know but often give little attention to. I certainly had no plans to use it or write about it. I didn’t even think about life as a gift, so, no one was more surprised, when, during a yoga class, the words, ‘Life is not…

  • That damned ego

    That damned ego

    There’s a saying in yoga circles; ‘leave your ego at the door before you enter’. I wish I had known this pearl of wisdom before I attempted my first yoga session. Having come from a running background I felt certain my ‘fitness level’ would serve me well for a simple yoga class. My fellow yogis…

  • What does a loving church look like?

    What does a loving church look like?

    The church is its people, not its religion. I think we’ve forgotten this. Coffee with my yoga group is one of my more enjoyable moments of the week. Our conversations cover a wide range of topics – from the day-to-day routine of our lives, to the more complex issues around love and relationships. Sometimes conversation…