In Praise of Desire

Instead of feeling anxious about your desires, relax in the certainty that your deepest desires are leading you to the very best expression of yourself.  Your inner voice is speaking to you and that my friends is where true happiness lies – Oprah Winfrey

Unexpected Gifts

When time collapses. When a terminal diagnosis enters stage left, it can feel oddly as if the sweetness of life is condensed. Or as one woman put it in A Time To Live, (a British documentary about 12 people, mostly in mid-life, who have been given a terminal diagnosis): ‘The colors are brighter, the trees are greener,…

Tolstoy on Suffering

‘They say suffering is our misfortune. But if I was asked would I stay as I was before I was taken prisoner or go through it all again, I would say: “For God’s sake –  let me be a prisoner again!”  When our lives are knocked off course, we imagine everything in them is lost….

Happiness

‘You seem stronger, happier, more your self than ever before,’ my sister said recently.  It is the strangest paradox. I get whiplash trying to understand how this is possible. How do great loss and happiness go together. It is not even 18 months since I lost the person I loved most in the world; my…