The Barefoot Blog…

I change my pants every day…

I watched myself on film a couple of nights ago, as I reviewed last month’s Barefoot Talk recording and I was shocked by how I stood and how I walked in that moment. I’ve seen myself on camera quite a lot now so I know and accept and even like how I speak- my hand gestures etc.. but I really did not identify with the walk. This reminded me of something I had briefly heard the author Katie Hendricks talking…
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Getting closer to God…

    How can I be closer to God and still be me? This was my prayer this was my yearn. Let me feel closer to God let me feel safe whole complete. Yet at the same time another part of me was saying but how can I do it without going against what feels good? Do I really have say the Rosary tonight or walk in circles on Rathlin island’s freezing muddy ground in my barefeet- How could I…
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Do You Do Mindfulness?

  I frequently get asked this question:   "Bernie do you do Mindfulness as part of your coaching"?   My answer to date has been:   "I hope so  because if I'm not -well I'm not really in the room with my client -I'm in my head".   But the question and to a certain extent my internal thought as I get asked the question reveals something bigger - it reveals that we are so separate from our true self…
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Do You Remember Being Seven?

Last week my Dad sent me this photograph. I am the one 2nd from the right with the pop socks. It is the summer 1976 and I’m 7 years old. It was the first time that I had ever seen this photo, taken by my friend Alison's Mum- she is the one on the far right -other pictures that I have from my childhood seem to show me with a shyness and a hesitancy and yet in this picture I…
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Taking charge of your Inner Critic.

One of the biggest challenges that really gets in our way- the very reason why we repeatedly ask ourselves -Why am I being so hard on myself ? is the unrecognized voice in our head – the human inner critic.   The following post offers you a very valuable tool. One that I have been using on myself and with clients either in a 1-1 basis or in my workshops, all dealing with the same issue- being too hard on…
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Tap into the stillness this Christmas.

As I write this post, it's Wednesday night and a movie called Divergent has come on in the background. I'm sitting in the open plan part of our home, just like life so many different moments happening at once, hey ho! There is bound to be a thread here I’m meant to use, but I'm a rubbish multi tasker so I'll get on with this and then tune in as I’m curious as to what the clue will be. There…
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I left you a clue.

Yesterday afternoon I did a Facebook live talking about the auto pilot. If you aren't on Facebook live you may have missed it so here it is for you to take a peek at. I finished by reading out the first draft of a poem that had been inspired by this subject and as I've written it down here for you it's taken a new twist and so reads a little bit differently - so you have the video version…
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What to do when your bubble bursts..

I realise that I have just started this blog with a lie, because honestly, I really have no idea or right to tell you what you are "meant" to do when your bubble bursts, only you know that. Ironically the reason my bubble burst on Wednesday was of course because it seemed that someone had got away with telling complete and utter lies, so here is the first fresh promise I want to make to you:   I will never…
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Let your Divinity guide you.

Last week I spoke at The Barefoot Sanctuary in the monthly Barefoot Talks, and yes it will be uploaded on the Bernie Petrie Channel as soon as possible, so for those who missed it, we have it covered. It was as always a wonderful experience to be in the room with the barefoot audience. The energy is always amazing and the self inquiry is real and profoundly humbling. Being introduced by my dear friend Ailey Mae was incredibly touching and…
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She is following her own yellow brick road, my barefoot conversation with Leah Cox.

I'm doing the last few online things before getting ready to head off with my family for a digital detox to Tiree (a Scottish Island in the Outer Hebrides)   It's a first time for me, after years of talking about going, but after my stint last month to Lewis, the call to head out there again was super strong. The plan is to do lots of boogie boarding, get lots of fresh air, eat yummy food, read and watch…
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