Sandstorm coming up?


Alice Morrison has just completed a trek of about 1,000 miles across the Sahara on foot. I heard an interview with her on TV this weekend and was struck by two things: her need to learn patience and acceptance, and her interdependence on others, including complete strangers.

I have no plans to trek the Sahara, climb Everest or navigate the Zambezi. Sandstorms, altitude sickness or crocodiles are unlikely to be among my challenges this week.

And yet as I look at my week coming up and the challenges within it, cultivating an attitude of patience and acceptance seems highly relevant! Plans will not always happen as I hoped; there will be obstacles. This is true for all of us, different as our lives may be.

Alice and her companions would not have survived without water from nomads and the Moroccan military. Water here in the UK is an issue of being too plentiful rather than scarce. My heart goes out to all of you suffering from the effects of floods. My prayer is that you will receive help  – even from complete strangers – as Alice did.

I doubt my week will be extreme. But in the routine of my week, I plan to notice the times I am interdependent. Recognising how other people support us with what seem the small things of the everyday shows us that we not islands but part of an intricate web of people. Together we are stronger. Let’s practise humility in our need of others and be grateful to them for their help.

Join me this week to approach challenges with patience and acceptance and be grateful for the support of people, family, friends and indeed complete strangers.

Want to find out more about Alice’s adventures in the Sahara? Here’s her blog

This is Mindful Monday on 2 March 2020.

Join Sara Shailer and Julie Hill for an evening of mindfulness at the Oasis in Cheltenham on Monday 16 March, 7.30-9.30 pm. To book your place or ask any questions, email


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