‘I wonder…’

As one year ends and another begins, it can be a good time to pause, look back and reflect as well as look forward in hope.  In my ponderings, I’ve been drawn to the theme of ‘wondering’.  One definition of ‘wonder’ includes; a feeling of amazement and admiration, caused by something beautiful, remarkable or unfamiliar.  …

Word of the Year

“Act upon hope” Commoners Choir Take a look at the first picture – you will be familiar with this by now, as I have used it twice previously this month. I have asked my daughter to adapt it in her own style for this week’s blog. For some reason, it’s has spoken to me in …

Hope

“Hope can be found in many places: in the rolling out of the vaccine, thoughts of Christmas spent with loved ones, plans for the future and our faith and spirituality, to name a few. Hope does not discount suffering, hope looks suffering and hurt right in the eyes and still sees a spark of goodness …

Among the trees

“I go among the trees and sit still.All my stirring becomes quiet.” (Wendell Berry) Take a look at the first image. This is a print series that I’m currently working on. I am making thirteen prints for the Celtic Tree Calendar. My intention is to honour trees which live so much longer than we do, …

A call for empathy in a pandemic

Lockdown and the pandemic have been hard on all of us. For each of us our physical and mental health has been impacted in slightly different ways depending on our experiences in this time. Many of us may be feeling better mentally as lockdown eases but more nervous for our physical health. In each decision …

Sink or Swim

“keep up your courage” (Acts 27) This painting by Rembrandt depicts Christ in the storm: a story in which the disciples and Jesus are out on the lake and a storm blows up. Jesus is fast asleep in the boat, and the disciples wake him, asking “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”. Who are …

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 …

Guided meditations

We regularly create recorded guided meditations to help you find some inner peace. Each one is just over 10 minutes long and has a stilling exercise to start so you feel calm from the beginning. Guided meditations are a great place to start with meditation as you don’t need any prior knowledge but they can …