Spirituality

Prayer beads

My prayer beads are humble little things. They are about 8 years old and they are made from a length of waxed cotton and plain wooden beads, the quarter ones ever so slightly bigger than the rest so I have to pay attention to feel when they switch size. I made them from beads I […]

Spirituality

Creativity as a route to God

It’s not a new idea is it? That we can reach God through music and art? You only have to look at the sheer amount of sacred music and art, or even walk into a religious building to see it. There are exceptions of course, but it does seem to be a good way to […]

Spirituality

Qualifiers

I mentioned my pilgrimage at social group I go to the other day and the facilitator said ‘I didn’t know you are a Christian’. I laughed and said ‘yes, a heretical, rebellious Christian, but yes, a Christian’. It’s funny that came out like that. I guess it shows how uncomfortable I am being a Christian, […]

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 […]

Simplicity 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 […]