“There is no light without shadow and no psychic wholeness without imperfection.” – Carl Jung – My pug mauls her shadow. Not every day, of course. Just on those days when the sun is shining brightly and we happen to walk past our neighbour’s garden wall at a particular time in the morning. Suddenly…Continue reading My Pug and Her Curious Relationship with Her Shadow
‘Do not avert your eyes. It is important that you see this. It is important that you feel this.’ – Kamand Kojouri – This year has been filled with many conversations. My life is richer because a collection of friends and strangers were willing to take a study journey with me and share some of…Continue reading And are you ok with that?
It’s only taken me several decades to work out what a powerful motivator shame has been in my life. As an idealist and dreamer, the need to make things right has so often been driven by an exhausting sense of shame. Psychologist Michael Lewis calls shame the ‘quintessential human emotion’. In many ways, shame…Continue reading Let’s Talk about Shame
“Everything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience. Any attempt to escape the negative, to avoid it or quash it or silence it, only backfires. The avoidance of suffering is a form of suffering. The avoidance of struggle is a struggle. The denial of failure is a failure. Hiding what is…Continue reading The Avoidance Crisis