‘The L Words’

December 11th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_552" align="alignright" width="234"] Puenta la Reina[/caption] Language, listening, loving, living and learning: strong stand alone words which hold equal measure of challenge and opportunity; and words which have woven together to form the main threads of my 2014 tapestry. After returning home in July from walking my fifth Camino De Santiago, I stepped into a Graduate Diploma in Ontological Coaching (DOC) through the Newfield Institute in Australia Read More...

‘The gentle whispering of the liminal space’

September 28th, 2013

So I am sitting in my office in my ‘client chair’. What I mean by that is that I have two chairs, one which I sit in and one which my clients sit in. I have chosen to sit in the client chair and am wondering if by doing this, I have invited myself into the place of ‘less knowing’, a place in which people who sit in the chair often find themselves Read More...

The ‘small’ matter of the heart

June 9th, 2013

In the past couple of weeks, I have been exposed to two small things, but two small things that made a big impact on me. The first was a small person and the second was (what may be referred to by movie critics as) a ‘small movie’. I would like to share with you some of my own small thoughts arising from my encounters with them Read More...

‘Being big enough to learn’

March 8th, 2013

I have just returned from Francistown in Botswana where I conducted mutual gains negotiation training for union and management negotiators of a large mine. It is a course I have trained in many different countries on a number of continents, yet peoples’ traditional approaches to and experiences in negotiations are so similar Read More...

‘The Gifts in our Stocking’

December 13th, 2012

Being the time of the year that it is, it seems appropriate to think a little bit about gifts. I’m thinking not so much about the giving of gifts to others but rather the gifts we are given and how we deal with them. Do we always see them as gifts or do we easily see them as burdens?  There are a couple of thoughts I want to weave together as part of reflecting on how we engage with what’s in our own stockings… Read More...

‘So much more than the Mini’

October 25th, 2012

As I wrote in my previous blog, I recently walked on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Of the 450 kms I walked on a route called the Via de la Plata, more than half were on the same paths I had walked the previous year, yet I was struck by how different my 2012 journey felt from my 2011 one.  At the time, and for some weeks after, I pondered on what it was that made the experiences so different Read More...

The Soap box and the Sandwich bag

September 8th, 2012

On my second day of walking on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrim path to Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain, I had some real challenges with my backpack which was very full. The issue was not so much about the weight of the bag which I would be carrying for a distance of 20 to 30 kms a day for the next 20 days of my walk, but rather that it was bursting to capacity, to the point that I felt like the proverbial Christmas tree Read More...

Dealing with our ‘stuff’

August 1st, 2012

In a previous piece called ‘Acclimatising for Life’, I talked about a book that I had read recently about a mountain climbing cyclist[1] and I said there were two things that struck me about his description of the process of summiting Denali. The first aspect about the climb I found fascinating, and the subject of the previous piece, was the critical importance of acclimatising and the parallels between summiting mountains and our need and desire to reach our own summits or rush to the next level of what we are doing Read More...

‘Acclimatising for Life’

June 27th, 2012

I recently read a book about an adventurer, a Scot by the name of Mark Beaumont, who rides from Anchorage in Alaska to Terre del Fuego in Argentina which is a cycle of just over 18,000 miles. What makes an already interesting journey more fascinating and challenging is the fact that he climbs the highest mountains in North and South America as part of his adventure Read More...

Perspective and Connection

April 19th, 2012

As part of a “let’s do a fun thing every day of the Easter weekend”, my partner and I decided to do a walk on Easter Monday. The process started with getting our walking poles ready and me packing my backpack with books, shoes and other weighty items, about 9 kgs worth, for me to carry as part of my training for walking on the Camino de Santiago in Spain later in the year Read More...