Active Hope

“Act Upon Hope” Commoners Choir So, we’re all starting to feel a bit more hopeful, but what does this look like? Is it just wishful thinking, or is it something more solid than that? Take a look at the first image. This is part of my process work towards my upcoming exhibition ‘Then I’ll Begin’. …

Joy

A meditation about the emotion of joy. How can you bring more joy to your life? This meditation is for anyone who is seeking a bit more joy today. It is about 10 minutes long can be done anywhere: sitting, walking, lying down. This reflection is influenced by mindfulness and Christian forms of meditation and …

Getting There

“’I can’t see the way through,’ said the boy. ’Can you see your next step?’ ‘Yes’ ‘Just take that’ said the horse” Charlie Mackesy I recently had a vivid dream. In it, I was trying to get to a mountain top. I often have dreams in which I am trying to get somewhere, mainly by …

Letting go: mindfulness pillar 7

Each month we explore a different attitude of mindfulness with Tim of Blackbird Mindfulness. This month he teaches us and takes us through a practice of ‘Letting go’. He encourages us to let go of memories, judgements, thoughts and emotions during a mindfulness practice. To recognise them and then let those things go. https://soundcloud.com/leedsmethodistmission/letting-go Here …

Empty Hands

“The heart regulates the hands.” 2 Corinthians 8 Ok, I admit it, I’m exhausted. A year of this, even though there may be a little glimmer of hope now, has taken its toll. And talking to friends, family and work colleagues, I’m not the only one. We are keeping going, we know we do not …

Inside Out Outside In

Take a look at the first picture. This is a piece called Square Peg Round Hole and Round Peg Square Hole by Liverpool based artist Brian Jones. A couple of years ago I seriously considered joining the clergy. Having got as far as a talk with the bishop, I realised that if I were to …

Anniversary

“celebrate good times” Kool & the Gang I don’t suppose many people celebrated the 23rd March. A year ago, this day lockdown started in the UK. Unbelievable as it seems, we have now been under covid restrictions one way or another for just over a year. Who would have thought it, a year ago? Around …

Acceptance: mindfulness pillar 6

Each month we explore a different attitude of mindfulness with Tim of Blackbird Mindfulness. This month he teaches us and takes us through a practice of acceptance. This attitude is all about being aware of the present moment, how we are in the present moment and accepting it for what it is. https://soundcloud.com/leedsmethodistmission/acceptance In this …

Best or better

Take a look at the first picture. This is an illustration by my friend and Leeds based artist Si Smith, based on the story of the temptations of Christ in the Wilderness. In this picture, Christ is tempted to turn stones into bread. What strikes you? I like the fact that the speech bubble and …