It’s a funny old world – there are so many things to enjoy and celebrate, like beautiful scenery, laughter with friends and appreciation of the deeper things of life. Yet there is also pain, broken relationships and loneliness. Which raises the question: how can there be such a huge gap between the delights of life and the distress that so many of us experience?
Here’s the thing: how we deal (or not) with these contrasting parts of life probably determines the outcome and fruitfulness of much of our lives.
And the funny thing about our Western society is that it isn’t very good at holding together these conflicting factors. We tend to compartmentalise the different parts of our lives, so that our internal thought lives, our close relationships, job affiliations and hopes and dreams often don’t link together at all. We feel pulled in loads of different directions, and struggle to find some way of integrating them all!
The ‘Good Life’ is presented to us primarily in material terms. You only have to watch a few TV programmes, soak up the adverts that punctuate them, watch a film, or walk down the high street, to get the idea. But how we nurture a long-term relationship, find lasting contentment, or come to understand who we really are and what we’re on planet earth for – that seems to be more than a lot of our commercial culture is able to provide…
One dictionary defines the word ‘holistic’ as “dealing with or treating the whole of something or someone and not just a part.” That sounds like a good idea to me. In fact, “wholistic” conveys even better that sense of the “whole”. But however you describe it, a life that is “joined up” or “joined together” must surely be something well worth pursuing.
So, how do we do that? Well, that’s why we put this website together. We believe that it is possible to live an integrated, joined up life; and that belief lies at the heart of the various services we offer. We hope that you will connect with us, and journey together towards a more integrated, “wholistic” life!