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What the alder said

Posted on Jul 25, 2017 in Poetry

What the alder saidI’ve always envisaged this poem as a children’s picture book. Maybe it will be one day…

“Let’s visit my favourite tree,” said the girl.

“Hhmph!” said the dog, through his favourite toy.

They walked their favourite path to the stream.

                                ***

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Story planet

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 in Book reviews, Healing, Spiritual living

Story planetI’ve written before about my early days of spirituality, when I really didn’t want to be grounded in my body. It felt too heavy and dense, too problematic and painful for this being who just wanted to float and fly in the light without the perceived weight of physicality and form.

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Ask Me, freedom from coercive control

Posted on May 30, 2017 in Healing, Spiritual living

Duluth power and control wheelFor the last couple of days I’ve been on a pilot training course to become one of the first Ask Me Ambassadors, whose role is to raise awareness and understanding of domestic abuse within my community and to act as a signpost to practical, professional support for those within it who are seeking help.

It’s a subject that is very dear to my heart, having experienced coercive control which involved psychological and emotional abuse within a relationship myself.

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If music be the food of love…

Posted on May 11, 2017 in Spiritual living

Acoustic Music NightFor several months now I’ve been attending a weekly acoustic music session at a local hotel bar. It’s ironic that it took a friend a fair old while to persuade me to try it, and now I feel like it’s a core activity in my life.

Music, and singing in particular, has always been soul food for me. Something happens when I raise my voice in song; it’s as if I enter a sort of trance state.

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Retreat and (meno)pause

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in Spiritual living

Retreat and (meno)pauseWhen I first decided to book myself a week of solo retreat, I had some interesting responses. Everything from “won’t you be afraid on your own?” (umm….no), and “won’t you feel lonely?” (are you serious? And I’m taking my dog with me!) through to “why would you want to do that?”

Well as you know I’m progressing towards the Mystic phase of my life, becoming “she who holds her wise blood inside”*. At this point in the process, when my moon cycles began to appear less frequently, I noticed a nagging restlessness and irritability with the company and demands of others. Not that I loved them any less or wanted to call a permanent halt to any relationships, but I was hearing a call to be alone with my thoughts and feelings.

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