Finding Your Rhythm – Reflection

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First of all…. I want to apologise for not posting last week. 

My father in law died and his funeral was exactly a week ago today. He was nearly 97. 

He lived a very human life played out against the backdrop of the social, economic, political and historical upheavals of the last century. His funeral was a celebration of a full life stoically and cheerfully lived. These last ten days have been full of our own very personal quiet reflections in the midst of a practical busyness as we have started to say our own goodbyes and our own hello’s to a new reality of life without him. 

It therefore feels right to defer showcasing a Weekly Practice this week… And before we all rush headlong into the frenzy of Christmas – and in the spirit of Thanksgiving – I just wanted to invite you to pause to honour the people in your life who have also helped to shape you in both their presence and their absence.

I finish with an extract from the beautiful poem “In Blackwater Woods” by Mary Oliver 

To live in this world

You must be able to do three things:

to love what is mortal;

to hold it 

against your bones knowing

your own life depends on it;

and, when the time comes to let it go,

to let it go.


With love,



Poem ‘In Blackwater Woods’ by Mary Oliver, from American Primitive. USA, Back Bay Books, 1983.

1 Comment

  1. Miriam Rahim on December 2, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Letting go of someone we love i have found to be such a profound experience , the ultimate show of true love.

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