Dare to be … me

I am me in the here and now. I am my past from which I can never escape, nor do I want to. I am my future in which I want to grow to be best me I can be. I recognise this is a well worn phrase, a cliche, but it’s true. I do…

Dare to be … proud to be an introvert

I am an introvert. On one level I have always known this, but I have come to be content with this self knowledge only recently. I can now be open with myself and with others about this part of me. I dare to be proud to be an introvert. My childhood shaped me. The truth…

Dare to be … a listener

As a qualified Psychotherapist, I have been trained to listen. I listen to others on several levels; the words spoken, the words unspoken, the physical body, the emotions displayed, the transference in the room and the transversal to name a few. Listening is a skill that can be learnt but it requires a willingness to…

Dare to be … silent

I have a daily yoga practice. Why? Because I dare to be silent. I dare to be silent because I dare to seek my supreme Self or my true identity which is universal and Divine. In the West, people think of Yoga as exercise; putting your body into strange shapes and breathing deep, but this…

Dare to be … a sharer

As a writer, I have dared to share my work with other writers and seek constructive feedback. I have found the process to be invaluable. Creative writing like any craft needs to be learnt. There are guidelines (or best practices) to follow in writing prose and pitfalls to avoid (for example: repetition, overly florid writing,…

Dare to be … a speaker

  I dare to be a writer who speaks and a person who speaks out loud. A writer of fiction is a person who speaks. When a writer tells their stories they are speaking through their words. They are telling the reader something. It may be an explicit message delivered through dialogue or a hidden…

Dare to be … a walker

I dare to be a walker. Why dare to be, you may wonder. What’s so daring about walking? I’ll rewind – I dare to be a long distance walker. I have walked many long distance paths, the most notable being the famous Wainwright Coast to Coast – 192 miles in 14 days. I am currently…

Dare to be … a writer

I dare to be a writer. I write to make sense of the world, to feel my place in it and to give back to it. No. Correction. I write to make sense of the universe and to feel my place in it and to give back to it. I write to discover who I am….

Truth No. 15 – I am Vulnerable

  I was vulnerable as a child (we all are), I remained vulnerable through adolescence and into adulthood and I am still vulnerable. I am proud to be be vulnerable. Being vulnerable is being open to truth, not only my truth but a universal truth. The universal truth is we are all vulnerable. Listen to Brene…