Write for your life, part 1: Stories, anecdotes and memories

It was early one Sunday morning about a year ago. As I walked along the beach, my dogs careering around like crazy things through the waves, I felt a tremendous shiver overtake me, and an accompanying, quite overwhelming thought: ‘You must be so fucking scared!!!’ My father was in hospital having an operation for bowel […] More

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The nature of bliss, with Rev Tim Costello

"I think bliss is the sense that your life has been for a purpose," said the Reverend Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision when I spoke to him about the nature of bliss. He spoke about his own charitable path, and why - in a world where 40,000 kids die each day from preventable diseases - so few of us seem to have the political and spiritual imagination to tackle such problems. More

Ode to my life, ode to my death

When it is almost over this spark this breath this divine moment… As my sun sinks beneath the horizon one last time, these are the questions I will ask myself: Did I blossom into life? Did I traverse the canyons of my soul and find the flower of my truth? Did I dance wildly in […] More

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How does the goddess speak to you?

I’m wondering how many women have had experiences of encounters with the goddess(es) in some way, in their dreams, meditations, waking life? And how that has informed their lives? I’m sharing my story about there here, but I would love to hear other people’s stories! My first encounter with Isis came when I returned from […] More

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The power of sharing your story

As a journalist who gathers people’s stories for a living, there are certain moments that I look for in an interview that often occur when someone starts talking about where their inspiration comes from. I feel this energy suffusing them, and it starts to affect me in the same way - I start to get lit up with excitement too. Our energy starts to resonate together. In transpersonal counselling, this moment of resonance has been called the 'healing metaphor'. More

Roaring into retirement: raising lions in Africa

Kathy Murrell and I worked together at John Brown Publishing in London in the 1990s. It was when I saw a post on Facebook recently about her beloved lions that I thought, now on earth did a publisher’s right-hand woman end up in Africa? So I asked her to tell me for the Bliss Files… […] More