From resentment to recollection

Whenever I walk in a London street, I'm ever so careful to watch my feet;   And I keep in the squares,   And the masses of bears, Who wait at the corners all ready to eat The sillies who tread on the lines of the street,   Go back to they lairs,   And I say to them, … Continue reading From resentment to recollection

Practising kindness

I had a salutary experience yesterday evening. I was leading Open Soul Space, a facilitated gathering for meditation, contemplative prayer, sharing and teaching that is offered monthly at the London Centre for Spiritual Direction. We had all just settled down for 20 minutes’ silence when a man started talking on his phone in the street … Continue reading Practising kindness

A few thoughts on how to release regret and learn to live (IV)

[You may wish to read Parts I, II & III first.] Moving from regret to life There are three kinds of regret: It's gone: sadness, loss, bereavement, for who and what is no longer here, or for what might have been; It's me: shame and guilt for who and what I have been and done; … Continue reading A few thoughts on how to release regret and learn to live (IV)

A few thoughts on how to release regret and learn to live (III)

[You may wish to read Parts I & II first.] The Past and The Present O God, You know my foolishness, and my faults are not hidden from You. Let not those who hope in You be put to shame through me… Psalm 69.6 I easily look back and feel shame about my past and … Continue reading A few thoughts on how to release regret and learn to live (III)

A few thoughts on how to release regret and learn to live (II)

[You may wish to read Part I first.] Self-compassion A few weeks ago, a friend wrote: "I find it so hard to let the past be the past. It can churn away at my heart." I wondered what he meant but we didn't have a chance to talk about it. I sent him a piece … Continue reading A few thoughts on how to release regret and learn to live (II)