The Weight of Liberty

“To venture on wider seas” (Sir Francis Drake) Take a look at the first image. What do you see? This picture is called The Mystical Boat by Odilon Redon. Where are you in that boat? Are you sailing the seas? Heading into a storm? Enjoying the sea breeze? Can you operate the rudder or does [...]

Mindfulness in difficult times: a free course

Welcome to our free mindfulness course, mindfulness in difficult times. This course aims to help you become more present in the moment, more focused and if you choose to it could be the beginning for a regular mindfulness practice. It takes you through 6 key mindfulness techniques over 6 sessions. Accredited mindfulness teacher Cathy Ward [...]

Session 5 of ‘Mindfulness in difficult times’: circles

This is session 5 of 6 of our introduction to mindfulness, made especially for difficult times, just like now. Accredited mindfulness teacher Cathy takes us through some key mindfulness techniques. In each session there is some teaching on youtube and then two meditations to try some mindfulness yourself at home. In this session Cathy takes [...]

Hope for Hearts

“always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13) I wonder how the first image affects you: which square are you drawn to? What do you think it says? This piece, one of my earlier works, is currently on show in a local atrium, and so visible to the general public. I was [...]

Walking the labyrinth

 Labyrinths have been found on every continent from long ago. For ancient people they were ways of connecting their inner, spiritual and emotional world with the outer, physical and social world.  In Medieval times labyrinths were laid in churches and cathedrals – the most famous example is at Chartres Cathedral in France (see front cover).  [...]

No Match Found

“Round peg in a square hole” (adapted traditional saying) Take a look at the first picture. This is a print by Tracy Emin, the queen of contentious art. What do you think? The second picture (below) is a picture that I have made recently in response to the process of redeployment. My current employer has [...]

Session 4 of ‘Mindfulness in difficult times’: kindness

This is session 4 of our 6 part introductory course to mindfulness. It is particularly made for difficult times and therefore is taught very gently. Accredited mindfulness teacher Cathy Ward teaches a few core techniques that will help you be more present and find some inner peace. In session 4 she focuses on kindness to [...]