Liminal Luminous

a wandering, wondering space of devotion, creativity and freedom.
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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Symbolic new year’s day

I read ages ago the idea of doing everything you want to do in the year on new year’s day. I’ve done this the last couple of years and I find it really sets my expectations and hopes for the year and it is a mini ritual of my own to mark the new year, […]

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To write or not to write

Like most people at this time of year I spend a lot of time reflecting on the past year, which for me means re-reading my journals. As I was reading, I realised how dull my journals were and I started to question the point of actually doing them in the first place. I spend a […]

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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 […]

Spirituality

This is a practice

As so often happens in my meditation sessions I was reminded that what matters is turning up on the mat, day after day and not judging the practice. It’s bin day today, which means lots of beeping, banging and crashing just outside the window. Then someone started effing and blinding at the bin men and […]