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What if…?

What if things were not quite as they seem?

What if they wrapped your strawberries in celophane so that you didn’t miss the sweet, summer honey smell of childhood stawberry picking?

What if clothes and make up were just another kind of straight jacket to keep us wrapped in conforming shiny brittle shells of plastic?

What if the rush and busy-ness of earning was a drug to keep us from rembering that all that most matters costs nothing;

our loved ones,

the sun,

the sea.

What if the neat tidness of coffin and undertaker removes from our lives the imminent full stop which dares us to live truly and passionately with meaning without putting our dreams off?

What if money had replaced connection and exchange?

What if we have traded relationship for separation?

What if school were a factory of social conditioning and acceptable facts which left out the minority, the majority, the complexity, the fluid, rainbow, changing wild uncertainties and brilliance of life?

What if we understood that happy-ever-after is a story of lack,

a story that there is just one person, ever, for us to love,

if only we could find them and they find us?

What if governments were to crumble and fall?

Would we really face anarchy?

Or would we like the forest, form deeply rooted networks of shared care and resources?

What if instead of earning more, we just wanted less?

What if this


this covid




were the crack

we needed

to climb through

the dense, dark,

cramped, crushing,

cold uncaring walls

of dead ideals and ideas

to find a softer, gentler light?

(Photo: Jon Lydon)

Julie Leoni

Julie Leoni

Coach, author, podcaster, facilitator, Yoga and psychology teacher, learner

I have over 30 years of experience and qualification in various therapeutic and meditation/mindfulness based approaches. I work with change. Some changes we chose, others happen to us.  Sometimes we know we want to change but don't know how. Sometimes we don't want to change but external events or people are forcing us to change. The menopause, children leaving home, the end of a relationship or job, becoming a parent, coming out, bereavement are just some of the personal changes I support people with. I also work with people who want to make changes to their life and wider world in response to social issues such as Covid, the climate crisis and racial, sexual and gender inequalities. Times are changing whether we want them to or not and we need to be nimble, agile, curious and open in order to part of the new story emerging. Work with me to get clear on what matters to you, what makes your heart sing and what kind of future you want for yourself and those you love. It is possible to live differently, get in touch to explore how.

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