Wabi-sabi

I came across the Japanese philsophy of wabi-sabi a while back now. You can distill into 3 simple words: impermanent, imperfect and incomplete. Wabi-sabi philosophy values the process and the journey rather than some end-point or goal. Are there actually any endings or just constant becomings? Having a vision to move towards is a usefulContinue reading “Wabi-sabi”

Dandelion dreams

Dandelions are beautiful and they are the first food for the bees. Their bright yellow flowers are a welcome burst of colour after the winter and early spring. The flowers are followed by heads of fairy-like floaty seeds, which create a sphere of softness and potential. My friend recently compared creating a PhD to aContinue reading “Dandelion dreams”

Viral commonality

This situation we find ourselves in is effecting everyone in multiple, multifaceted, good, bad, in-between and unknown ways. Everyone reacts within their own context of course or is maybe forced into certain ways by systemic controls. Any which way we are generally reacting to this situation not to just protect ourselves and our own, butContinue reading “Viral commonality”

The Unknown

We met without planningduring our everyday.Everyday for a while before.And then you made me pause.Pausing for breath,distanced from beings,yet closer to our commonness. And here you are.Flexing and broadening,opening and closinglike a black hole.Inside and outside my being.Of me you were born,and yet unfamiliar.Making the familiar strange. The unknown stopped me in my tracks,letting theContinue reading “The Unknown”

Reflection

It feels good to reflect on the last 6 months. 6 months ago I’d started on my PhD journey after a whirlwind of a year, becoming familiar in my new job role at Forestry England whilst completing my Postgraduate Diploma in Ecosystem Services Evaluation. I landed in the PhD position with but a brief pause.Continue reading “Reflection”