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The Death of Shame

I am profoundly grateful for the friends and mentors with whom I have been able to safely share my story. Such valuable relationships are not always easy to find. This is one of the reasons I offer, in my coaching, such a place for shame to die and to have opportunity instead to discover your …

Your Song

I was coaching someone earlier in the week who said he believed birds were singing when he was born. I asked him what, if it could be put into words, were they singing? It was a song of celebration. I thought that was lovely, so I later asked the same question of myself – what …

Paintings

I posted before about ‘floods’ and our foundations. Here is a different image covering a similar theme. I found, in my own journey of recovery from childhood trauma, that the picture I had of my childhood turned out to be very different from the real picture. The image I had was much like a simple, …

Flood!

I want to write some thoughts about the flooding we’ve experienced in UK this week. There has been tragic loss and heartache for people whose homes have been flooded or even partly washed away. These people’s lives will not be the same. In many ways, this is what it is like for those in the …

While Shepherds Watched

There are many beautiful things about the Christmas story, and one of these is that news of the most pivotal moment in history, the coming of Jesus Christ, BC turns to AD, was first announced, not to respectable, wealthy, religious leaders, but to shepherds. Shepherds in the time of Jesus were among the most despised, …

A new path

Following on from my previous post (‘Happiness’), some ways of thinking have been ingrained in us since childhood and will be related to events or things we have believed since then. This sort of thinking can be difficult to shift, especially if it has affected us at an emotional, heart level. This is why I …

Happiness

I came across the following quote recently and loved it: “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” Denis Waitley One of the greatest gifts we have been given is free will -the power to choose. We can not …

Lost and Found

I posted a little before about shame. One of the effects of shame is that it causes you to want to hide your true self. You believe that if people see you – really see you – they will realise how defective or wicked you are and will reject you. It’s also true though that …

The Power of Visualisation

 There is something in quantum physics called ‘Collapsing the Quiff.’ This shows that all things are possible in the sub-atomic realm and that as we ‘see’ the possibility or potential of something, it draws it out of the intangible so that it materialises in the physical realm. (I like to think of this as a …

Kintsugi

In nature, nothing is ever wasted. Even energy is never lost, it just changes form. This can be true of the things that happen in our lives. When we trust God, good can come out of everything. The Japanese art of Kintsugi illustrates this for me. Kintsugi is the art of restoring the broken pieces …