A soul day

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A soul day

A soul day

I have had such a simple, lovely, relaxing day today, watching films with the family, cooking some delicious vegan food and drawing.  This is a portrait I did this afternoon of a civil war soldier (I have a bit of an obsession with history, and with sketching faces!)  It has been so nice to have the time to do creative things that make me feel good.  Sketching is definitely good for my soul, as is writing. I hope you are managing to get some soul time this season…  What makes you feel at peace, inspired and contented?

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Transcending the body

Transcending the body

When the vicar, Sarah, arrived yesterday to see my grandmother and to say a prayer for her, she walked into the room and said “Oh, it doesn’t look like Dora.”   Far from being an insensitive comment, it was tinged with tenderness and some surprise.  Of course, she would have always seen my grandma at church dressed smartly in a skirt and navy blue blazer with court shoes, beautiful white hair perfectly curled–always immaculate.  But her observation ran deeper than that, for me. There is something that, when it begins to fade, makes the person look less and less like

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What feeds your soul?

What feeds your soul?

It’s so easy, especially today, to watch, listen to and read things that provide only temporary gratification.  Or perhaps they provide hardly any gratification at all… they are just habitual.  Things we have become used to ingesting.  Scrolling idly through Facebook, gossip columns or depressing news stories. It’s so easy to do this, and to never evaluate the effect that this unconscious consumption has upon our minds and souls. I realised a while ago that, whilst my natural propensity when choosing a film, for example, is for thrillers, creepy stories or gritty dramas, they generally have quite a negative impact

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Something to soothe the soul

Something to soothe the soul

I took this picture in Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire, England about a year ago.  I loved the reflections of the stained glass windows in the water of the black font. The inscription on the side of the font read: “As you pass through the waters, I shall be with you.” A reminder of the beauty of love, silence, stillness and grace, no matter what your religious or spiritual faith.

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The most dangerous words I know

The most dangerous words I know

I’ve come to realise, in my quest to live more intentionally and healthfully, that there is a phrase that tends to sway me from my path and leaves me feeling guilty and frustrated. Two short words.  You may hear and use them often. F–k it. They are simply a license to do things we know we’ll regret. Think about it.  We never say ‘f–k it’ when we are about to do something that is good for us.  As one comedian put it, “No one ever said ‘F–k it, I’m gonna have a carrot!’” F–k it means freedom.  Hedonism.  Wildness.  Spontaneity.

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