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Thought for June 2021

‘What we need is to spend more time and give more awareness to deepening our sense of connection with the magic and love and creative energy of life.  This does not happen just inside formal spiritual situations, but happens all the time in many different ways.  We can open our hearts and expand our benevolent awareness in all circumstances.’ William Bloom

Thought for March 2021

‘To confuse your physical body with your self is a recipe for misery.  For though our bodies are miracles, they are ageing, faltering, fragile, collapsing, vulnerable, disintegrating miracles.  To ally ourselves with them is as wise as leaping onto a bus as it heads towards the cliff edge.  Our physical bodies are not the future, and therefore they cannot be our present either.  They are not us. We live with them as best we can, and for some that is a good deal easier than for others.  But we never imagine that they define us or contain us.’ Simon Parke

Thought for March 2022

‘According to Bruce Tift, ”Sanity is a counter-instinctual process.” And at first, it certainly feels counter-instinctual to turn towards what is painful and terrifying. Shouldn’t I be running in the opposite direction? But the counter-instinctual move turns out to be tremendously empowering. If we can face our worst fears, then maybe they won’t continue to secretly run our life. And where does real confidence come from if not from knowing that we can handle whatever experience comes our way?’ Tami Simon

ThOught for december 2021

‘Although darkness has often been associated with fear and evil, I would like to offer another face of darkness….. This darkness is not one we need protection from, but rather is a darkness we are invited to enter. It is a bit like standing before the hidden face of the divine, longing for entrance yet fully aware that we know so little about the one we call God.’ Macrina Wiederkehr

Thought for oCtober 2021

‘Observe how the mind labels the present moment and how this labelling process, this continuous sitting in judgment, creates pain and unhappiness. By watching the mechanics of the mind, you step out of its resistance patterns, and you can then allow the present moment to be. This will give you a taste of the state of inner freedom from external conditions, the state of true inner peace.’ Eckhart Tolle

Thought for August 2021

‘There is a universal need for some kind of ‘sabbath time’ in our lives: a time to withdraw from the relentless action of our routine commitments so as to understand better the nature of our daily treadmill; a stepping out of the parade so as to see it more clearly from a distance; a moment of difference in order to explore the sameness of the repetitions of our lives………..During a real vacation, we make room for dreaming, for rediscovering the kernel of our being, for playing safely with bare feet……sabbath-time is for a lot of re-routing, for some fairly urgent u-turns and for finding a way out of the many newly discovered cul-de-sacs we have long been lost in.’

 Daniel O’Leary