Friday, July 30, 2010

I am incompetent in parts of my life. I am beautiful ....... I am vulnerable in parts of my life. I try, strive, not to hide it. I am beautiful ..... I used to walk thru life saying 'I wish I was ......' Now I don't wish but walk. 'Why am I afraid to tell you who I am' - My favourite book of all time.

-- Post From My iPhone

Cause I need freedom now/And I need to know how/To live my life as it's meant to be/And I'll find strength in pain/And I will change my ways/I'll know my name as it's called again//Mumford&Sons

-- Post From My iPhone

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Music forms the centrepiece of the Greenbelt programme, with the featured acts on Mainstage, cool club atmosphere of Underground, and the relaxed acoustic setting of Performance Cafe being complemented by additional music programming in the Big Top, Centaur, and across the site...

This year's eclectic programme incorporates the inspirational sound of Gil Scott-Heron; UK soul's leading lady Beverley Knight; jazz legend Courtney Pine; the powerful and spiritual London Community Gospel Choir; political punkers The King Blues; the runaway smash of Greenbelt 2009 Foy Vance; and the mighty Dodge Brothers headlining the Keep Monday Special ball.

There's literally something for everyone, with rap, metal, pop, folk and dance; spiritual and secular; acoustic and electric; and those unclassifiable acts that will make your festival magical...

Gil Scott Heron

Gil Scott-Heron is a pioneer of socially-conscious soul music; a legend of spoken word, who - in recognition of his poetry as showcased in "The...

Shed Seven

Shed Seven formed in 1990, out of the ashes of Brockley Haven (which featured Rick, Paul and Tom), a well respected young local band. The first...

Courtney Pine

Greenbelt are thrilled to welcome Courtney Pine back to the festival, after previous appearances in 2001 and 2006. He is a leading figure in...

Beverley Knight

Beverley Knight is one of the brightest names in British R&B. With thirteen Top 40 singles to her name, and shortly to release her seventh album,...

London Community Gospel Choir

Out of many one voice and out of an assortment of churches, cultures and characters emerges the London Community Gospel Choir. In 1982 a dream...

Foy Vance

With his distinctive, cracked, soulful voice and a skill to write profound

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Attendees of Greenbelt 2010 are spoilt for choice when it comes to thought-provoking, intelligent and revelatory Talks. Firm Festival favourites like John Bell, Peter Tatchell, and Lucy Winkett appear alongside newcomers Clare Short MP, theologian Stanley Hauerwas, writer and psychologist Oliver James and Richard Rohr.

Of course, there's plenty more to entertain and challenge throughout the Talks programme, so have a look through and see what interests you...

Other highlights: John Smith | Tom Sine | Karen Ward | Mark Yaconelli

Richard Rohr

Fr Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province. He lives in a hermitage behind his Franciscan community.

Kate Coleman

Kate Coleman is associate pastor of The Regeneration Centre in Birmingham, and a former President of the Baptist Union.

Clare Short

Clare Short was MP for Birmingham Ladywood 1983-2010.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Make your gaze beautiful.
John O'Donohue.

The pupil of the eye,
the black centre of the human eye,
dilates when it sees beauty.
It opens to allow more light in.
Light itself reflects on the dark centre -
and the eyes are seen to sparkle.

You are a beautiful human person.

When you see beauty
your eyes reveal it.

You are a beautiful human.

Only 7% of communication is words.
55% of human communication is in the face.
The rest is in the whole of the human frame.

Young humans living on the edge,
those I have yearned to be with,
work with - and love all my many years,
know when I love them or not.

Educated in the University of life,
Streetwise young humans can read
They can read you like a book -
even if they have never read a book.

We can see a person behaviour but
we cannot see their experience.

We see behaviour and we feel an instant dislike.
We feel scared or awkward or take an immediate dislike.

We can feel 'not ok' about difficult behaviour.
Aggression and violence all the more-so.
Our own feelings stop us thinking straight.
We go into 'fight or flight' mode.
Our eyes contract - our pupils become small
'He had piercing eyes' is often said.

If we can see beyond behaviour.
If we can see beyond behaviour -
past the behaviour to the soul,
we can feel, not fight or flight,
but empathy/awareness/identification/sensitivity.
Even LOVE.

An obnoxious person is
a hurting person - I always say.

When we get beyond behaviour,
with any human,
we enter into intimacy.
This is a deep and narrow road.
If there is trust,
mutual sharing,
mutual vulnerability,
(he who was rich became poor),
we see the soul of the person.
That works both ways.

Emotional Literacy is understanding,
reading, and managing our emotions.
If we train ourselves,
we can receive a feeling, such as fear,
and that signal (feelings are Signals),
and know what to do with that signal.

Fight or flight is unthought out.
Emotional Literacy is thought out.
It is awareness feeding skill.
A skilled person in this area can,
usually with some difficulty,
decide how to manage the language of their body,
and words, tone, facial expression and,
even, if they can love, their eyes.

We have only dipped our toes into awareness.
It is 'The Road Less Travelled'*.
An invisible road to fumble and stumble along.
Less travelled, risky, uneven, narrow and
as the first three words say in that book*,

You are a beautiful human person.
Believe it.
Follow that with the aim to 'feel it'
and maybe we can see the beauty also -
in other beautiful humans.

Pip Wilson.BHP

Pip Wilson

...... if you have a passion to understand offenders and prisoners - like me - read this
CLICK to enlarge.
This is the sort of experience I strive to achieve with many young humans BEFORE they ever get to prison - as well as others who have done time.

It is possible that humans can change - become different humans than they are now.
So much is linked to developing emotional intelligence to enable them to make life decisions for themselves .............

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

No-one makes you feel.
You feel your own feelings
They are inside you
The feelings belong to you.
Feelings are neither right or wrong.
Feelings OK, behaviour/sometimes not OK.
The gap between feelings&behaviour is yours too.
Use that gap to work at your emotional intelligence.
Feelings are signals.
Get the signal and decide.
Making a positive action,
behaviour, is what others see.

From pip's iPhone
You are beautiful

So many treats
all in one day

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Greenbelt Festival looms.
I have been trying to tempt you to be there.
It is really indescribable.

I am only doing one session at Greenbelt.
I am disappointed it's only one.
Not got any detail of my session on the website.
No Pipturesque either.
Maybe I have been forgettable?

If you are there.
It would be great to meet up.

I have been writing.
Also I have a new book out next month.
August!! hey hey
I will float details soon with the hope you may wish to buy one.
It will be a great Christmas present for friends - and enemies too.

My juke box still bust. Not had time to be a mechanic yet!

This last week loads of friends have been to the YMCA world conference.
Every 4 years we collect together to be inspired and make decisions about the future.
The communication via FB twitter blog has been the best ever.
I have felt feelings about it all.
Jealous I think.
Envy maybe.
I guess that tells me I have still got deep attachments to the YMCA.
I have been left full time for 7 years and part time for over a year now.
Feelings carry over don't they?

This year my good old friend johan has been appointed at Secretary General of the World.
Such a small job!
I wonder who will become the key human in his old job.
Just being in charge of Europe?

Reflections from the stumbling road less travelled.

-- Post From My iPhone
I love questions::

" What is more difficult for you; looking into someone's eyes when you are telling someone how you feel, or looking into someone's eyes when they are telling you how they feel?"

The instant answer is
Both the same.

Maybe true but::
I will dig deeper into the soul. .....

When someone is undressing their soul with me
I am drawn deeper into their total communication.
Their eyes yes. Eyes are a Window into the soul.

But surrounding their eyes is a scull with tightly drawn skin,
skin drawn around their bone structure,
Demonstrating their sense and depth of feeling.
We can feel their communication as it riddles their body frame.
Arms say much. Hands. Posture.
And more and more

So we empathise with the human but always glued to their face and yes.
Taking all the rest in using the art of looking sideways.
Periphery vision.


Now my feelings being disclosed -
second half of the question.

I want to be free to spill.
I strive to do it on my blog.
In person too.
So I am committed

Depending on the depth of feeling I have,
depending on the issues I share -
I guess I drift with my yes
as I search to touch my feelings
and fumble to articulate them.

Do justice with words - connecting real feelings, to often submerged wired and tangled feelings.

I guess my eyes will be checking out the eyes of the other.
But constantly going off to google my soul - with eyes going
skywards too.

I suppose I could check this next time by there again -
or, if I did check how my eyes are doing, maybe I wouldn't be concentrating, and really sharing, on my feelings so much!

-- Post From My iPhone

Monday, July 26, 2010


"Growth does not reside in a place called comfortable"

A talk by Pip Wilson at Greenbelt 2009: Standing in the Long Now

Pip Wilson Greenbelt Festival

Spiritual Literacy and Emotional Literacy holding hands.
Managing emotions.
Dealing with put downs, aggression, bullying, difficult behaviour and relationships.
How our emotions can be both disabling and a powerful energiser.
How possible is it to be developing spiritual humans and emotionally competent in relationships in the workplace, family, church.
Understanding Emotional Literacy and application to real life.

"Growth does not reside in a place called comfortable".
Choosing to live dissatisfied, uncomfortable, restless and refreshing the irritation daily.
Accepting that being a Christian is 'odd' and learning to love it.



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" It is late Thursday 16 1 97 and I feel sad.
I don't know why. "

I found those words on a slice of paper tucked away in a book I was revisiting.
It was a sort of blog.
I have done that for years.
Late night reflections.
I can go back 40 years to certain dates and reread my feelings of that time.

My first book came that way.
Have you ever read Gutter Feelings?

It was a book of experiences largely about
working with youth gangs in East London

but also about the experiences of the whole of my life.

Felt a bit low yesterday morning
and I asked the same question.

I think I am going through a period of adjustment again.
Did that when I left Romford almost a year ago.
Now again.
It does not stay long because
as soon as I engage with humans
it seem to fly away.

Well ..... here I am talking about myself
when there is a world to change out there ....
I need to manage my time .........
...... and I must keep on feeling too ................


a negative support map
a positive support map

we can look at the negatives
look at the positives
but we need to cultivate the positive by making some life decisions about our life.

We are not responsible for the other persons behaviour
we are responsible for our own behaviour.

The centre of our life needs to be decided upon
otherwise we have no centre
no heart
no soul
no life

the glory of God is a person fully alive

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A ride on my bike
lovely evening .....

-- Post From My iPhone

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Oysters and all that stuff...
.... and I have never ever tasted one ...

-- Post From My iPhone




Friday, July 23, 2010

I read by chance,
this below,
as I am sorting papers out
for action this week .......


Hitler adamantly refused to go and see
the bombed streets of Berlin,
despite Goebbels pleading with him
to do so for propaganda reasons.

By contrast Churchill insisted
on visiting the bombed areas of East London in 1940
and stood in the ruins of humble houses
with tears streaming down his face.
Lord Ismay, who was with him,
tells how a woman in the crowd said
"Look, he is crying.
He really cares!"

Now that gets to me.
Triggers tears in me!
I weep now.

Then I think why?
Not got the answer yet.

pip wilson



The European Alliance of YMCAs (“YMCA Europe”)

has a vacancy for the post of Secretary General starting 1st January 2011 following the appointment of the current post holder to the position of Secretary General of the World Alliance of YMCAs.

YMCA Europe is the Christian centred, youth focused umbrella organisation for the federation of 43 national movements of Young Men’s Christian Associations (YMCAs) within the European Area, which constitute its membership. As part of the Worldwide YMCA family its main function is the support, representation and development of its members. YMCA Europe has its office in Prague, Czech Republic, and has a decentralised team of staff located at strategic points around Europe.

Come on the Saints

Royce Simmons
Simmons is set to cut his teeth as a head coach at St Helens

St Helens have appointed Wests Tigers assistant Royce Simmons as their new head coach from next season.

The 50-year-old has signed a two-year deal to replace Mick Potter, who is moving to Bradford this summer.

"I'm going over there to do my best and I want to win some silverware," Simmons told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"The club has told me they want to do that and I want to do that. I'll do everything in my power to help a very good football side do that."

A The Greenbelt Festival
Great Music
Significant Speakers

Dilwar Hussein

Dilwar Hussain is Head of the Policy Research Centre, based at the Islamic Foundation.

Photo of Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell

at Greenbelt 2010: The art of looking sideways

For over 40 years, Peter Tatchell has been campaigning for human rights, democracy and global justice. Describing himself as driven by a love for humankind, Peter has been badly beaten by President Mugabe's bodyguards and by Russian neo-Nazis. A radical anti-materialist and critic of the celebrity-obsessed consumer society, he advocates quality – not quantity – of life, questioning whether ever-increasing personal income and material wealth is the key to human happiness.

As well as campaigning to complete the struggle for gay and lesbian equality in the UK, Peter also works in solidarity with human rights activists in many other countries, including Iran, Uganda, Iraq and Zimbabwe.

Richard Rohr

Fr Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province. He lives in a hermitage

Karen Ward

Karen Ward is an Episcopal priest and the Abbess of Church of the Apostles, Seattle.

Photo of Kerry Anthony

Kerry Anthony

at Greenbelt 2010: The art of looking sideways

Kerry Anthony has been working in homeless services in a range of roles for over 12 years in the UK and Ireland. Her area of particular interest is in working with people with acute substance misuse and mental health issues.

Kerry is currently Chief Executive of Depaul Ireland. This is part of a group organisation working with homeless people across the UK, Ireland, Eastern Europe and America.