Going home

‘Going home is like turning down the volume, so I can hear myself again.’ Steve Jampijinpa, from the documentary ‘Milpirri, Winds of Change’ Where is the place you can ‘come home to’, where the noisy volume of your everyday life is muted so you can become more grounded, gather your thoughts, hear yourself? When people […]


‘The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.’ Thich Nhat Hanh What does it mean, to be present? In one sense we are, of course, always present. Where else could we possibly be? Yet we probably all know the feeling of […]

Even in Kyoto

Even in Kyoto- Hearing the cuckoo’s cry- I long for Kyoto.   Matsuo Bashō Sometimes we have a sense of yearning which has little to do with what is happening in our lives. Often we yearn for something in particular – a beloved who has gone overseas for a while, a sense of calm which […]

The sparrow and the baby lions

A few years ago, I took the three-year-old daughter of our neighbours to the zoo for a few hours. It was a sunny autumn day, just a gentle breeze, and we were both looking forward to the afternoon. As soon as we’d gone through the gate, little Emily became enthralled by a scrawny sparrow hopping […]