Saving Ourselves from Benign Neglect

In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still. Pico Iyer, 2014 Over the last month, I’ve managed to do […]

Useless, Tiring, Boring…and Stuck

I had asked for feedback on Chapel – not based on a single gathering, but the whole term. The grade six to eight students arrived to find colourful index cards on their seats. On one side, they were asked to write three words that captured their experience of the programme. “Useless. Tiring. Boring” Thankfully, this […]

Taking Charge of that Inner Dialogue

We’ve all been lectured on the importance of positive self-talk. Well used, it leads us to more productive lives and a deeper sense of well-being. With all the thoughts and feelings floating around in our minds, it makes sense to notice which ones are dominant at any time. Once we’ve identified a few, we can […]

Rituals that Ground

So how do you stay grounded, Keven?” I get this question a lot. Usually, I steer the ensuing conversations away from myself, suggesting that what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. I encourage individuals to recall a time when they felt relatively grounded and suggest they begin there, unpacking their own experiences of […]