Repetition

In prayer, when I attend to this body, there are two things I do. I remember and invoke sensations of God's presence that I experienced in the past. (See Where to start?). Ignatius calls this repetition. I feel into this body and attend to the body's sensations. The body tells me what I need to … Continue reading Repetition

Read from the heart

But these two ways of describing the mystery of God—the way of darkness and the way of light, the ambiguity of silence and the transparency of articulation—can never be separated. There is danger in posing a sharp dichotomy between apophatic and kataphatic approaches, as if one were superior to the other, as if the higher … Continue reading Read from the heart

11 Ways of Dealing with Anxiety: Roundup

Anxiety is excitement without breathing. Fritz Perls So here we are: 11 Ways of Dealing with Anxiety. It took a while! Here's where we have been: Breathe Feel into this body Meeting with stillness Prayer Pause Talking Writing Walking and Nature Doing the dishes Identifying fallacious reasoning Suffer the child The next step Here are … Continue reading 11 Ways of Dealing with Anxiety: Roundup

11 Ways of Dealing with Anxiety
11. The next step

This is the final instalment of 11 Ways of Dealing with Anxiety, an ongoing experiment in meeting life with gusto. Take the next step There is one fundamental way of dealing with anxiety. Instead of sitting there worrying, get up and do something. I admit I find this difficult. What if I make a mistake? … Continue reading 11 Ways of Dealing with Anxiety
11. The next step

Sensation: the key to the art of living

A dear friend made very helpful comments in response to Where to start?. He deserves a reply, and I need to express myself more clearly. Here is the second of a set of pieces in which I reflect on what he says. One way in which I feel you may be going a wee bit … Continue reading Sensation: the key to the art of living