Living well Spirituality

No thunderbolts

I went on a day’s pilgrimage on Sunday and I had been looking forward to it, not least because I was hoping to take part in their longer ones, where you can sleep in churches. At the start of the day we were asked to make our own private intentions for the walk. I set […]

Minimalism Spirituality

Creating space with no room

Spiritual books often recommend you have a dedicated space in your home for prayer/meditation. Most of these books are American, where land and space is much more plentiful than here in little England. I live in a two bedroomed mid terrace house with my husband and a scruffy, messy dog who steals anything at his […]

Spirituality

Connection as antiote to despair

Listening to Christian Wiman speaking on the podcast On Being (which is possibly my favourite podcast of all), I had a sudden ah ha moment! He said (and I’m paraphrasing) that he realised that his religion needed the structure of church. That his natural inclination is to be solitary, to pray alone and to read […]

Spirituality

Personal prayer book

For a long time I have wanted a place to collect favourite prayers, scripture, quotes about faith (from many religions), creativity and about life generally. I love poetry too, I want to write more, but I never seem to have the nerve, but reading it is a joy. But what notebook? I wanted to keep […]

Living well Mental health Spirituality

That aching hole

I recently discovered Mark Nepo and I enjoyed Seven thousand ways to listen a great deal and I have bought his Book of Awakening to be my daily inspirational reading. I reread Seven Thousand ways over Christmas. He spoke in the book about the ache in his soul being a tuning fork. I hadn’t thought about […]

Living well Spirituality

New Year Eve Sermon on Joy

This is the sermon I gave at my church on New Year’s Eve, or at least a pretty good version of it. I write sermons by talking to myself while out walking, writing out bullet points, then further refining while walking. At some point someone is going to catch me preaching to the trees. In order to […]

Living well Spirituality

The Lure

Guardian Jobs is addictive for me. I sit there and I look at all the cool jobs I could be doing, working in London full time for some great organisations, working on fabulous projects. I forget that I like huge amounts of time to myself, being able to wonder about in the wood, oh and […]