Thoughts and reflections on life from writers around the world

Thoughts and reflections on life from writers around the world. If you would like to submit a reflection for possible publication here, please email us.

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Philip Boobbyer

How do we find what we are meant to do with our lives? It is a question that applies to all of us, whether we are at an early or a late stage in life’s journey. Dr Philip Boobbyer gave this reflection whilst attending a Initiatives of Change UK national fellowship weekend in Swanwick, Derbyshire, 25-27 May 2012.

Susan Corcoran

Our lives are busy, our days are hectic, media noise surrounds us and the latest urgent communication is at our finger tips demanding our attention. In this cacophony of over-abundant information, misinformation and disinformation how do we still our hearts and refresh our thoughts?

Fiona Daukes on YouTube

This reflection was given by Fiona Daukes at a public meeting at the UK Initiatives of Change Centre in London on 21 April. Fiona shared that 'Though I don't feel that I am much of an initiator as I would rather follow and support initiatives taken by others! I do feel however, there need to be cellos as well as the conductors, and making visions into reality requires inspiration. Where does that inspiration come from?

K Haridas Nair

Ahimsa, or 'non-injury', has been the inspiration behind the non-violent movements that sprung up in India and was much in vogue during the Indian Independence struggle. Today it is in forefront of the anti-corruption call in India. K Haridas Nair relates Ahisma to the idea of Absolute Love in the fourth (and last) of our series looking at core moral values from an Eastern perspective.

Howard Grace

Howard Grace reflects on space and spirituality. This article first appeared as a centre spread piece in the UK national Quaker weekly The Friend, and has also appeared in the UK Progressive Christianity Network national Newsletter.

K Haridas Nair

K Haridas Nair from Malaysia looks at the idea of absolute unselfishness through the Hindu path of 'Karma yoga' – or selfless action. This is the third of a series in which we look at core moral values from an Eastern perspective.