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To Thine Own Self Be True…

I have been aware of death all of my life, right from the age of two and a half when our dog Judy died on the same day that my little sister Rosy was born; one life ending as another was just beginning…

Our mother died when Rosy was only fourteen and I was sixteen, and so we came face to face with the inevitability of the end of life at a young age…

I have worked in the lives of others all of my life, in the capacity of coach, counsellor, healer, teacher… In essence helping people with whatever they needed help with, and supporting them in learning to live fully –  as themselves – letting go of anything that was preventing this.

When we die, we let go of everything on this earthly plane, and the more awareness we have of this, the more likely we are to live in a way that is true to us… To be ourselves wholly and completely and to embrace this life journey.

To live it well, and freely, so that we may die well too…

Bronnie Ware an Australian palliative nurse,  through her own experience of working closely with those at the end of their lives, has brought awareness to the major regrets people face as they leave their bodies…

Number one, is the desire that they had been more true to themselves and not tried to live up to the expectations of others…

I would go as far to say that this is my own life’s work… To learn to live this way, and to encourage and support others in letting go of anything preventing them from living true to themselves…

The four other regrets were, a wish that they hadn’t worked as hard, a wish they had had the courage to express their feelings, a wish they had stayed in touch with their friends and a wish that they had let themselves be happier…

My sense is that if we let go of anything within us that doesn’t love us, and so set ourselves free to be who we truly are… Then the other four wishes happen quite naturally….

And so I will finish with the words spoken by Polonius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet

This above all : to thine own self be true
And it must follow, as the night the day
Thou canst not then be false to any man…

Thank you again Nick Miles for the fabulous photos of my footsteps.. !

 

 

I have been running all of my life – it feels I was born to run. In the running step I experienced freedom and my true expression. I came to see that I needed to ‘get out of the way of myself’ and let my energy flow through the running step; allow it to express itself in the dance and the motion of running. I ran for England and GB for some years. My first international was in 1979, a three mile cross country race; and I continued to run at international level until 1993. Two of my best results were first place in the Dublin City Marathon in 1985 and 7th place woman, 3rd British woman in the 1986 London Marathon in a time of 2.36.31, which gained me selection for the Commonwealth Games.

As a little girl I ran barefoot for many years, and then I put on shoes to race around the world. Fifty years later I am travelling the world as a nomad with my husband Anadi and I have taken off my shoes and I am running barefoot again….

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