Earth Wisdom by Glennie Kindred

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Mar 062018
 
Earth Wisdom by Glennie Kindred

Glennie Kindred has walked her talk for decades in exploring deeper connections with nature, and helping others to do so. Honouring the Celtic seasonal festivals is part of her approach, and her earlier book, Earth Cycles of Celebration, is my favourite guide to them. This book is in two parts. The first offers various ways […]

Want fresh insights? Change your view!

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Nov 252017
 
Want fresh insights? Change your view!

Celtic New Year and the dark months ahead are a good time for rest, reflection, opening to new perspectives. You can help this by changing your point of view, and I’d like to share some examples. A fairly easy change is place. This is one reason I go to the Yorkshire Dales most years. The […]

Celebrating Celtic New Year

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Nov 082017
 
Celebrating Celtic New Year

I’ve been exploring the meaning of the eight Celtic seasonal festivals for many years, and trying out different ways to celebrate them – often at Hazel Hill Wood. Early in this process, I stayed on the remote island of Inishmore on the west coast of Ireland, where the old Celtic seasonal traditions are still deeply […]

Dance and hug for spiritual wellbeing

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Oct 152017
 
Dance and hug for spiritual wellbeing

I’ve just returned from a week at the Unicorn Dance Spirit Camp. I was co-leading sessions called Nourishing the Heart, which were a great experience of how to raise spiritual wellbeing. A focus of the whole camp is Dances of Universal Peace: these are akin to circle dances, but the dancers are singing and moving […]

This Side of Paradise, Scott Fitzgerald.

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Aug 102017
 
This Side of Paradise, Scott Fitzgerald.

American dreams in the mists of time Our hero is Amory Blaine: handsome yet uncertain, desperate to explore life to the full. His life blossoms at Princeton: he loves the beauty of the place, the camaraderie, the magic of staying out all night, singing with “dreaming towers.” But the book plunges on beyond the dream. […]

Snow White and the seventeen dwarves: A fairy tale lesson in resilience

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Jul 202016
 
Snow White and the seventeen dwarves: A fairy tale lesson in resilience

Snow White woke tired as usual, dreading the day ahead. She thought, “if only evil queens just brought poisoned apples!” The modern Evil Queen had used the legalities of the German health care system. She realised that all seven dwarves had Special Needs of some kind (Grumpy, Sneezy, Dozy etc.), and promptly had Snow White […]

The Seven Planks of Spiritual Practice

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Jan 112016
 
The Seven Planks of Spiritual Practice

Having a spiritual practice may be helpful to us in many ways, but what does this actually mean, and how would we start?  When I am asked about getting started, I suggest that people explore a couple of established, named spiritual paths which appeal to them: for example, Buddhism, Quakers or others.  I also suggest […]

Football as a map of the inner life

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Sep 162015
 
Football as a map of the inner life

I am writing this at the start of September 2015: what a delicious set of upsets we’ve already had in the first few weeks of this Premiership season.  The bookies had Chelsea as favourites to win the league again, yet they have made one of the worst starts ever for defending league champions.  And as […]

Sep 082015
 
Can we choose to be happy?

As I continue to ponder the keys to resilience, I’ve concluded that this act of choice is a vital step – and it fits with the principles of mindfulness. Yes, there are some people who are temperamentally cheerful and adaptable, but I see many more who get stressed time and again by everyday life, as […]

Sep 082015
 

There’s plenty of research to show that people who feel a higher sense of purpose, who have a spiritual path, who pray or meditate, on average feel more wellbeing, and handle challenges more easily. But you can’t plug these features into your life like a phone app, so how can you evolve them and find […]