My Hedgehog Teacher

It’s 5.35am. The road is dark. A hedgehog appears in my car headlights a few feet ahead. I slam on the breaks and stop the car. Did I hit it? Single moments can symbolically capture a whole world: the macro (systemic) and the micro (individual) interwoven in one instant. Hedgehogs, once common in the UK, are on the red list of mammals, at risk of extinction. I know this intellectually, just as I know intellectually that the climate is spiralling out of control, ... Read more

Life Lessons from Building a Beach Labyrinth

William Blake famously invited us “to see a world in a grain of sand”. You can also see a world in a labyrinth. I love labyrinths. Labyrinths are spiral-shaped. You find spirals everywhere in nature; our galaxy is a spiral. I’ve offered labyrinth walks as an awareness and meditation practice for 25+ years in different places from Naxos to Shoreham Beach, which is where I was last Saturday. Here’s 10 life lessons drawn from building a beach labyrinth. 1.      Make the call clearly from your heart ... Read more