Living Awake: Your Choice

Living Awake is a simple invitation to freedom. This is an invitation to this moment right now, as it is. Simple… not always easy… but definitely worth it.

Habits of a lifetime take time and space to acquire. They also take time and space to transform and change. The human body takes seven years to replace all of its cells. And the neuronal pathways are affected by our habits of everyday living. Time and space.

There are choices every step of the way as we negotiate our lives in this time space continuum. Choices like doorways we step through that can influence our lives. And so, living awake is our choice.

“How we spend our time is how we live our lives.“

~Annie Dillard

Imagine If when you spoke you decided to stop repeating that old worn out stale story you have recounted many times (you know the one!). You’re bored with this oft repeated storyline, so change it.

Imagine if instead you paused, took a breath or two and listened for the briefest of moments. And your words were a conscious contribution to whoever you were relating with…even if that were you. This simple change would transform every exchange; personal, professional, with your community and with your family.

The time has come. The freedom of nowhere to go. The liberation of nothing to prove. Nothing to fix or even change. Not what ‘would be’, ‘should be’ or ‘could be’, but what actually is happening in this moment right now. Feel what arises? What would love say? Or do? Or even, more radically, what would love love?

Deep liberation, wholeness and well-being are already in each of us. Pause, relax and listen. Responding instead of reacting. This is not just semantics. This IS response-ability. And this is a feeling of being at home in ourselves, our lives and the world. This is radical well-being.

Enter into this inquiry, into staying here a moment and feeling what arises. Don’t take my word for it. Find out and explore. Be curious, creative and free to choose to live awake. Welcome home.

Let me know in the comments below how this made you feel and if it makes a difference to your everyday life.


I’ll be teaching 3 courses on the West Coast in North America this Autumn/ Winter with wonderful international collaborators.

See below for details:

LIVING AWAKE: GRIEF, GRACE, AND GRATITUDE: September 29, 2019 to October 3, 2019 at Hollyhock on Cortez Island - an unparalleled center of learning, connection and cultural transformation. - 4 full day immersion.

PLUS - November 30 to December 7, 2019 at Rancho la Puerta, the world-renowned fitness and spa retreat in the mountains of Baja California as part of a radical well-being program of offerings. 

WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE: WOMEN LIVING WITH AND BEYOND BREAST CANCERDecember 7 to 14, 2019 also at the world-renowned Rancho la Puerta.

These events are the bookends of my West Coast 2019 'Dying to Live' Tour. From the end of September through mid December 2019. I am considering Victoria Canada, Whidbey Island and Seattle WA, Portland OR, San Francisco CA, San Diego CA and environs. Contact me if you would like to organise a talk, workshop, an In Your Own Skin event: talk, book signing, film screening- in your West location or to book a private session. 

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Thank you so so much! 


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