For most of my adult life, despite consistently engaging in ‘spiritual’ practices from 18, I have avoided creating altars. The whole business resonated uncomfortably with traditional organised religions, not to mention the disorganised religion called ‘new age’, none of which are my thing. But there was also a vulnerability that I was skating around. I […]
I’ve been leading groups for almost thirty years, and being part of them for longer. Watching how they move has been the focus of my working life. More recently, like most of us, I’ve been paying attention to what’s happening globally with the kind of fascination I might have for watching the tower of Babel […]
What are You Here to Do?
Every living thing on this planet is a gift, enriching the whole organism that is earth. Every plant, insect, animal, and every human. We all came here with something to give: an offering that is totally unique to us. Nobody else can do it quite the same. It is our life task to learn what […]
Spiritual Practice, Healing, and Art
During my work, stuff comes up. There’s often a strong sense of moving through it in a way that feels like healing, to use the original meaning of the word which is related to wholeness, and holiness. We become more completely ourselves. Because of this common experience, there’s a tendency to think of it as […]
Grieving is Medicine
Everything seems normal here. I can hear the guy who lives across the street fixing up the garden shed he’s been working on for months. The sparrows are a riot in the tangled threads of Russian vine spilling over into our garden from next door. I’m just back from taking my youngest to school, all […]
Movement Practice in Focus
Sometimes it’s great to just dance. Never mind trying to get anywhere or achieve anything. Just dance. Often however, I need to take a step within myself. I want to achieve something, such as to get out of my head or release some pent-up feelings, enquire into a relationship dynamic or clarify a life-choice, etc. Things like that. Knowing clearly what our intention makes […]
Movement, home, alone?
The land for miles around where we live is littered with my graves. The tree I danced underneath last year, showered with blossom; the hill where I sang to the rising sun; the dark ground I pawed at in anguish; the cliff edge where I wept and rocked myself back into connection; the favourite bit […]
Men, Violence and Evolution
A white man in his fifties . . . For many people, I am automatically and understandably representative of ‘the problem’. It’s easy for me to see that point of view. Humans like me have been and are particularly instrumental in perpetuating the horrifying story of separation and dominance that is ravaging the planet. For me, the dominance-battle most close […]
What? How? When?
What? How? When? WHAT are you struggling with? HOW can movement help? WHEN is the right time for something other than movement? This is the recording from the recent Q&A session on movement practice. Some interesting themes came out…
Valentine’s? For Real . . .
Valentine’s? For Real . . . I like the idea of a day to celebrate loving, despite the commercial hype. But the reality is, many of us are alone right now, or in relationships that are cracking under the strain of lockdown isolation. So here are three music mixes for you to journey with, […]