“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.
Continue reading “Cube meditation”
A meditation on tuning into the rhythm of the summer breeze and our gentle inner experience. It involves imagining a peaceful scene with the wind moving the curtain of a quiet room. An invitation of love and compassion.
Continue reading “Summer breeze meditation”
A six-minute stillness exercise expressing our thoughts and feelings toward a person we are having difficulty with. An invitation to a reciprocal warmhearted relationship.
Continue reading “Mutuality meditation”
I draw from my American education at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Barack Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’ presidential campaign to offer a short reflection and mantra exercise.
Continue reading “The ‘Can-Do’ affirmation”
Here I present a guided meditation on faith and mindfulness. I invite you to use your imagination to get in touch with an intimacy with Jesus and I offer an exercise to enter into a spacious mind.
Continue reading “Intimate emptiness”
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.
Continue reading “Breathing with compassion”
A three minute guided meditation in which we ask ourselves three questions on gratitude and the Covid-19 pandemic: Can we be grateful for the time we have had? Can we be thankful for what this time has taught us? Can we carry forth lessons into the future? I also share my own personal learning over the last three months. Continue reading “Value of time: 2 of 3”
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”
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”
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”