When I recently shared this quote on the More than Human Facebook page someone commented that the author’s suggestion that we must “embrace the troubling wisdom of paradox” could do with “a bit of unpacking”. I wholeheartedly agree. The paradoxical dimensions of our experience as humans are not easy to embrace. As I hope to explain in … Continue reading The Wisdom of Paradox
Nothing feels more alive to me right now than the visceral awareness that I hold existential anxiety at bay by immersing myself in work or keeping myself distracted with activity. It’s beginning to seem like if I don’t have something practical and productive to focus on or something work-related to feel anxious about then a deep gnawing feeling begins to … Continue reading Anxiety, Kettle Chips and the Givens of Existence
This poem was inspired by Brene Brown’s book “Daring Greatly” which I talk more about here. In the book she talks about “leaning in” to difficult feelings rather than pushing them away or pulling away from them. Easier said than done, but this notion of leaning into difficult feelings in an almost physical or embodied way … Continue reading Lean into it, she says
As I contemplate with fear and excitement the possibility of going on a vision quest in September, it’s very clear there’s a part of me which does not want to commit. It’s understandable I guess, the prospect of spending four days and nights alone without food and shelter in the wilds of Dartmoor would cause … Continue reading Who have I been since before I can remember?
Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.” It’s going to bed at night thinking, “Yes I am imperfect and … Continue reading Living wholeheartedly
We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. … Continue reading We all start out knowing magic
For many of us 2016 will go down in our memories as one of the most significant, surprising and challenging years of the new millennium, and not just because of the giant rumblings in the global political sphere, but because much more personal dramas have also been unfolding: the kind of low key dramas which … Continue reading Fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free
It is with some trepidation and a great deal of relief that I’ve decided to open the shutters and let some sunlight into what has begun to feel like quite a stuffy academic blog: More Than Human is officially entering the fray of current UK political discourse. These feel like momentous times, and not only … Continue reading The pendulum swing towards a more explicit political critique
Beneath the oak tree Your wild life ended And mine began. We heard the shot ring out As we stood beside the pool Where a girl had once drowned. Her father left this place To rust and fallow And this is how we found you. Barbed wire caught In your antlers tangled Like a crown … Continue reading Beneath the oak tree
I was recently in conversation with a colleague of mine who is fortunate enough to be receiving mentoring from nature connection guru Jon Young at the moment. In a recent telephone conversation Jon explained why ceremonies specifically for new parents are not practised in many Native American traditions – apparently this is because the pressures … Continue reading What does the word “sacred” really mean?