Sacred Cains

On the home page of my website is a picture of a cairn. Cairns are piles of stone placed one on top of the other to mark key events such as battles, burial sites, mark trails, or remember sacred or important events. They have an impermanence as they fall apart with the onslaught of the elements of life, inviting us to touch and interact with them, to rebuild them anew. In a similar way we build inner cairns to mark key moments in our lives - recalling important people, places, understandings, critical events... sacramental cairns that dot the interior landscape of our hearts, minds, souls. Each stone can represent a belief, dream, hope or memory; milestones of our life woven into our very co

'The Butterfly Circus' - great video to watch

Have you seen this extraordinary short film (just 20 mins) - winner of over 35 film festival awards? Set in the landscape of the American Great Depression, it follows the story of a limbless man (played by Nick Vujicic - also a fantastic motivational speaker) who lives as part of a travelling circus troupe. He sees himself as a freak, but his new circus master (Eduardo Verastegui) helps him find his place in the show and in life, not because of his appearance but because of who he discovers himself to be and what he can do. Written and directed by Joshua and Rebekah Weigel, the story is one of human transformation and hope, against all the odds. It is a magical exploration of how pain and su

Describing Spiritual Direction

What is spiritual direction? The first thing to say about spiritual direction is that it's not about telling people what to do, but rather about helping people find and follow their spiritual direction in life. Sometimes it is called spiritual accompaniment or spiritual companioning, or even spiritual mentoring. Sometimes people refer to themselves as 'soul friends' of another - 'anam cara' in the Christian Celtic tradition. Below, I have gathered together a wide range of people's thoughts on how they see spiritual direction, which I hope offer a broad and helpful range of views to ponder : ‘’Spiritual direction could be defined as taking place when one person (the director) prayerfully supp

Awakening Love

Just back from attending a refreshing and inspiring interfaith retreat day led by Maura Sills. She spoke of the numinous quality of love and wisdom that is at the centre of us all. And how awakening to, and resting prayerfully and consciously in this depth within us, not only helps us but all those to whom we relate in life. I was very struck by how easily we can live our life separate in our own skin, sometimes never really experiencing a sense of deep connection to others or the divine. Yet, if what is truly deepest in us is the 'image,' breath - ruach - of God, then we are not separate but all founded, and to be found, in God. As Martin Buber the Jewish philosopher so astutely puts

Spiritual Landscapes...

There are so many landscapes we pass through, internally and externally, as we journey in life. I find the outer and inner are so often brought together in reflecting on the landscapes of geographical, and spiritual, journeying of God's people in the Old Testament, and how these places relate to our lives and experience now. There are lush gardens such as the Garden of Eden and the garden that is the backdrop to the lovers in the Song of Songs - an almost restored paradise; beautiful places of lush flora and fauna, birdsong, springs of life-giving water, trees of exotic satisfying fruit and intoxicating scents. The garden places in our lives are times of delight, places of intimacy and love,

Spiritual Journeying...

'In one sense we are always travelling, and travelling as if we did not know where we are going. In another sense we have already arrived. We cannot arrive at the perfect possession of God in this life, and that is why we are travelling and in darkness. But we already possess Him by grace, and therefore, in that sense, we have arrived and are dwelling in light. But oh! How far have I to go to find You in Whom I have already arrived!' Here, the insightful words of Thomas Merton give voice to a paradox at the heart of spiritual life. We understand ourselves as in some way to be following a spiritual path - 'followers of The Way' as the early Christians were called. We understand in Ch

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