Shh: a visual meditation

“This was a whisper of guidance” Andy Jukes These two images are both from an artist’s book I made based on Psalm 19; a poem which describes the way in which our world is talking to us. It is a celebration of the beauty and glory of nature and what it tells us about the …

Seesion 1 of ‘mindfulness in difficult times’: body scan

This is the first in our six part course introducing you to different mindfulness techniques, session one introduces the body scan technique. This course is the perfect way to introduce yourself to mindfulness for the first time. Each session will have a video where Cathy teaches us about the technique and then two meditations that …

Mindfulness for difficult times: an introduction

Mindfulness for difficult times is a course introducing you to the different techniques of mindfulness. We are thrilled to be working with mindfulness teacher and massage therapist Cathy Ward on this course. She shares her wisdom and her own experiences. There will be six sessions and each of them will have a youtube video of …

I can’t breathe: a visual meditation on privilege

The first image is called the mandylion. The story of the mandylion is that the image of Christ was transferred onto a towel, which he had used to wash and dry his face, and became the source of healing for the king of Edessa, who had asked Jesus to visit and cure him of leprosy. …

Consider the birds: a visual meditation

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them  (Matthew 6v26) This picture is one of several designs I made based on the flight of the swallow. These were made into stencils, which different community groups across Bradford used to print …

Meditation for Activists

A guided meditation for activists, helping them find moments of peace and quiet. Times of rest and reflection keep you energised and make sure you don't burn out. There is a stilling exercise, a couple of readings and lots of time for quieting your mind. https://soundcloud.com/leedsmethodistmission/meditation-for-activists Photo by Max van den Oetelaar on Unsplash Music …

Even the sparrow: a visual meditation

Now is the time of year for nesting. And this year the birds are really noticeable. They have lost a lot of their fear and are coming closer. Yesterday I watched a magpie collecting nesting material from our back hedge, something I have never seen before, and on my solitary walk this morning I found small feathers, witness to nesting activities such as the defense of ones territory.

Craftivism for Global Day of Solidarity

This Friday (22nd May) is the Global Day of Solidarity. It is a call for everyone to use their creativity to show solidarity with our global community. We, along with many organisations, are encouraging you to do one of the simple actions below and then share it on social media with #StrongerTogether or send a …

The Birds of the Air: a visual meditation

Once upon a time, a man sowed a tiny mustard seed in the ground. From it grew a tree, so large that the birds of the air came and made a home in its branches. (Matthew 13v 31-32) This picture shows a community installation artwork called Flock, which I helped make with Shine Charity, Bradford. …

Meditation for wellbeing

A guided meditation exploring our own wellbeing. We start with a stilling exercise being thankful for the different areas of our lives and then have some time of quiet meditation, a reflection and a poem. https://soundcloud.com/leedsmethodistmission/meditation-for-wellbeing The poem is 'Calm Is All Nature As A Resting Wheel' by William Wordsworth Picture is by Alisa Anton …