It is easy to believe in our goodness in the good times…

“Everyone, deep in their hearts, is waiting for the end of the world to come.”― Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 ‘It is easy to believe in our goodness in the good times… but not so in these interesting times… in these times of evil… we don’t need hope, we need a determination to create beauty’. Ece Temelkuran…

Love and Fear – Arguments!

My Childhood by Joachim Ringelnatz When I vomit in the hallway  Brother starts to laugh and leer.  When he laughs, hits me Sis’ May,  When she hits, cries momma-dear.  Crying sets my papa swearing,  Auntie falls to drinking gin.  When she drinks I’m getting herring:  Herring makes me heave again This is a circular poem…

Hypernormalisation in the ‘age of complexity’

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it…

The Interview…

Tell me about yourself? Having had a group interview for a rather well paid part-time job and having failed to get it, I feel a little bruised. Failure is a bitter pill in my experience but always contains the source of healing (if I can face the purging medicine). My failure was apparently not to…

Eyes of Wonder 

To see a world in a grain of sand, And heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.” William Blake Yesterday I walked past a man holding a toddler in his arms. Two white horses rounded the bend in the road and with real wonder…

Dallas and Ali and Dominant Narratives

On Tuesday I got to walk the red carpet at the Tarzan premiere. I had mixed feelings about the film. On one level it’s a great old fashioned yarn. On another level I was bothered by the narrative of blackness and whiteness. To put it into context I am reading a biography of Muhammad Ali…

Feeling Shit

Imodium, opium, pain and shit “The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.”  ― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times Some self-medicate with over…

The body is the unconscious

My body – the body is the unconscious. Recently I got diagnosed with stress eczema. This eczema was in part induced by love and fear. Eugene Gendlin said that the body is the unconscious. I think it is this and so much more – it perceives, communicates and remembers things that the rational mind overlooks…

The Hot Seat or When Things Fall Apart

In the hot seat I hate being on the hot seat. You know those moments when you’re walking on a knife edge – when you’re worried about an imminent threat to life, health, love, or wallet – or all the above. Those times when it feels like the light at the end of the tunnel…

Spirituality Part 2 – Spirituality with or without God

Spirituality Part 2 – Spirituality with or without God The 9 tenets of a secular spirituality – Nature calls us to stand in awe and wonder at the world. – Deep awe and wonder to nature means we are kind to our planet and those beings in it. – Nature invites us to think of…