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
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 w
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 peo
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
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; b
'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 Merto