Finding balance

A guided reflection for anyone who needs to find better balance in their lives. Whether you are overwhelmed by work, health or family pressures or just need some space to process then this is the reflection for you. We created this reflection to help you carefully consider what a balanced life looks like for you. …

Just walking home

Take a look at the first image. It shows an art piece I’m in the process of making. It is a patchwork made from maps of Britain. I am using the quilting technique of tufting using red thread to mark every place where that has been a reported incident of violence or threat to a …

Pillars of mindfulness

Welcome to our mindfulness course done through our podcast. Every month Tim of Blackbird Mindfulness creates a podcast which introduces us to the attitudes of mindfulness. Each one is about 10 minutes long and leaves time for simply sitting as well as input about we can adopt that particular attitude. Tim describes thewse attitudes as …

Non-striving: mindfulness pillar 5

Another in our series about the attitudes of mindfulness. Tim, of Blackbird Mindfulness, introduces us to another mindful attitude this time it is all about non-striving. We release one per month, last month was all about Trust. https://soundcloud.com/leedsmethodistmission/non-striving Halfway through Tim invites you to pause this recording and do a simple sitting practice, for a …

A Knotty Problem

“life begins in the imagination” Greenbelt 2013 Chaos. Abstract tangled texture. Random chaotic lines. Hand drawn dinamic scrawls. Black and white illustration. Background with stripes. Universal pattern. Art creationAbstract Background Detail Of A Celtic Knot Pattern In Stone Take a look at the first picture. This is a little doodle of a knot that I …

Home school

“May we raise children who love the unloved things…“ Nicolette Sowder Take a look at the two images. What do you see? These are both pictures by Outsider Artists; those who have had no formal artistic education. They are also both highly collectable artworks, not that this should matter. Yet it does, because what we …

Time

A recorded reflection about time: how we use it and why we worry about it. There is a stilling exercise, a time of silence and a spoken reflection on the theme of time. This is inspired by mindfulness and Christian contemplative practices. https://soundcloud.com/leedsmethodistmission/time Please do listen on this page but you may want to download …

The new now

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” (Serenity prayer) Take a look at the first picture. I wonder what you notice? The large fir trees? The snow? The building rising from the mist? The crucifix under the …

Self-Care

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” 1 Corinthians 13 Take a look at the first image. This is one of the sculptures that I mentioned in last week’s blog by Louise Bourgeous. What does it convey to you? Care? Compassion maybe? When thinking about survival for a previous …

Weekly mindfulness group

Every Monday lunchtime from 12th April there will be a free mindfulness group on Zoom led by Tim of Blackbird Mindfulness. It will start at 12.30pm for 20 minutes. No pressure to contribute, just an opportunity to start or continue a regular mindfulness practice. This group is open to everyone, from those who have never …