Life-Changing Questions

Looking back on 2016, it is clear that the world needs more well-thought out questions and less quick answers. Brennan recently shared his thoughts on what makes for good questions as BALANCE MAGAZINE's 'Modern Philosopher'. His writing appeared in the November edition of the publication.. 

What we mean when we talk about trust

One of the most challenging, and important, matters surrounding trust is the very meaning of the term itself. But just as we consider the type of house we are trying to construct before getting out any tools, if we want to build trust, or learn to place trust in a more nuanced way, we need to first understand what trust is and how it works. Brennan recently spoke with Communication Director magazine about this very matter...

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When Should You Trust Your Instincts?

Choosing well when it comes to life's 'big decisions' is a curious business. Whether choosing a partner, home or job -- not to mention many other exciting but weighty choices -- making such decisions calls for something that can seem beyond us. For example, if the romantic view of love is to be believed, and the success of a long-term relationship hangs on whether or not 'the right ONE' is selected, choosing a partner demands the kind of wisdom that comes, not before one spends a lifetime in relationships, but after

Often popular consensus says that with mind-boggling decisions, one should 'trust their gut'. But one's 'gut' or 'instincts' can mislead as well. And where trust is concerned, if past betrayals still loom large in the memory, helpful messages from our gut to be 'be careful with whom we trust' can become entangled with the less useful residue of old wounds compelling us to 'never trust anyone ever again'. 

Trusting our instincts is neither straight forward nor always best. Still, surely there are times when listening to your gut about big decisions is helpful. The question is, when exactly should we trust our instincts? 

Brennan recently had a chance to think about these and other matters wrapped up with trusting ourselves as he contributed to Corinne Bailey Ray's podcast, which can be heard below.  

What Can Nature Teach Us About Ourselves?

The relationship between nature and ourselves is complex, dynamic and maybe even more natural than is often thought

Today, it is common to recognise the value that a connection with nature can afford us where resilience and creativity, among other things, are concerned. However, if we recognise that we too are natural beings, then connecting with nature looks less like trading tech for trees and growing our own food (though those things can be valuable), and more like simply paying attention to ourselves and other wild things. 

Corinne Bailey Rae's new album, The Heart Speaks in Whispers, deals with the overlapping relationship between nature and humanity. Brennan recently explored this topic on Corinne's podcast, and portions of that collaboration can be heard below.