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Cube meditation

“Once wandering thoughts are totally abandoned, magical displays are no other than that.” – Machig Labdron (1055-1149)

Sometimes we find that a nagging thought or heavy feeling overwhelms us. We see the thought or feeling as our only experience, as if nothing else exists, and it makes life very difficult. Using the image of a cube with its different faces or sides, this is a chance to take a step back and look at our inner experience from multiple perspectives.

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Breathing with compassion

An Ignatian Contemplation (from St Ignatius Loyola) on aligning with the suffering of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane through our own pain or frustration during the Covid-19 pandemic. It involves the use of our imagination and feelings along with elements of mindfulness. It is also set in the context of the Advent season where we are invited to ‘stay awake’ to the suffering of others.

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Our inner observer

On World Environment Day, I give a short guided meditation on connecting with the meadows and streams of our minds. Using our imagination and scripture, we focus on turning from our inner critic to our inner observer. It encourages a deep connection between all living things. Share your voice on social media for the protection of our environment using #ForNature. Continue reading “Our inner observer”

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When the walls close in

A three-minute guided meditation (and a one-minute introduction) on facing one of the biggest challenges in the spiritual life. Acedia, also known as the ‘noonday demon’, is a kind of listlessness or restlessness that leaves us without a sense of divine presence. It was experienced by the desert mothers and fathers who were tempted to turn to distractions during their normal routine. We can also experience acedia during the Covid-19 crisis when we are restricted in our movements around work and leisure. Continue reading “When the walls close in”

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Contemplative joy

This week I offer a three minute meditation (with a one minute introduction) on the theme of praise. Drawn from my blogpost ‘Bursting Out in Praise’, there is an initial focus on mindful breathing followed by the repetition of a word of praise that arises from our hearts. It aims to encourage us to develop a habit of praise that seeps into our souls. Continue reading “Contemplative joy”