Sigh no more

Then sigh not so, but let them go,And be you blithe and bonny,Converting all your sounds of woeInto hey nonny, nonny.Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing People will often say that they can't pray. When asked they will say that they are unable to make their minds still or empty of thoughts. Somehow they have acquired … Continue reading Sigh no more

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

Occupation

… when we take up occupation of the site of our bodies in stillness before God. We are granted a place to be, simply in virtue of being there as material beings made by God: the physical act of drawing breath becomes an affirmation of my receiving of the gift of my place, an acknowledgement … Continue reading Occupation

11 Ways of Dealing with Anxiety:
3. Meeting with Stillness

This is the third instalment of 11 Ways of Dealing with Anxiety, an ongoing experiment in being human. Meeting with stillness In Into the Silent Land, Martin Laird suggests that "the skill we must learn" is to "meet" "thoughts and feelings with stillness instead of commentary" (pp 63 & 79). As I have been suggesting, … Continue reading 11 Ways of Dealing with Anxiety:
3. Meeting with Stillness

The Sixth Day

I have been listening to the pray-as-you-go podcast. On Tuesday the reading was the sixth day from the creation story in Genesis where 'man' (does this mean each person or humanity en masse?) is created in the 'image and likeness of God.' It is a shocking thought. When pushing through the clot of humanity on … Continue reading The Sixth Day