Friendship and love · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

Are you hearing me?

Do you feel heard? Listened to? Psychiatrist Karl Menninger says this about the effect of someone giving us their ears and time: “When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” Menninger describes a transformation that can take place when we are given the space to just talk. The open-hearted, calm… Continue reading Are you hearing me?

Friendship and love · Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

I’m just so sorry…

Ever met anyone whose favourite expression is ‘I’m sorry’? Some might consider it an admirable trait to be perpetually penitent. And certainly humility is a good thing, as is taking ownership when we really have done something wrong. But to be continually self-deprecatory? To constantly assume we’re the ones in the wrong?… Some people seem… Continue reading I’m just so sorry…

Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

Freedom – really?

Freedom. When this word comes to mind I think of running – almost flying – through wide, open spaces of green, skirts twirling,  laughing voices ringing through the crisp air. I think of Mel Gibson’s heroic scene in Braveheart, and what a riveting thing it is to see a man fight wildly, passionately… Freedom is always fought for. It can be a battle… Continue reading Freedom – really?

Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

Beware of smooth criminals…

In Proverbs 5:1-6 Solomon lovingly warns against the type of person who might lead someone into an affair… “My son, pay attention to my wisdom,     turn your ear to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion     and your lips may preserve knowledge. For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey,     and her speech is smoother than oil;… Continue reading Beware of smooth criminals…

Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

Who I really am

What do I offer this world? It’s a question that haunts many of us. We dearly long for a clear, tangible identity. The drive to be useful and necessary is strong. So much so that what we do can overwhelm the mystery of who we actually are. And when our usual ability to ‘do things’ for ourselves or others is stripped away – so often… Continue reading Who I really am