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 2023

‘It’s only human to find other people annoying. It happens to all of us….. I’m happy to tell you there’s a solution to the problem. If you want someone to be easy to deal with, to behave in a way you find tolerable, there’s really only one way: learn to like them exactly as they are. Because, when has anyone…ever become more like someone else thought they ought to be, simply because that person walked around judging them?’ Bjorn Natthiko Lindeblad

Thought for January 2023

‘“Don’t believe your every thought.” Few things have helped me more in life. Unfortunately, that superpower, which we all possess, is often overlooked. But the fact is that approaching our own thoughts with a measure of scepticism and humour makes it infinitely easier to be you and me.
What do you gain from not unquestioningly believing every thought that flashes through your mind? Something as invaluable as a true and genuine inner confidant. Someone who is always on your side…….Where’s the dignity, where’s the freedom, in a life where you believe everything you think?’ Björn Natthiko Lindeblad

Thought for July 2022

On Friendship

‘When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that is is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.’

Henri Nouwen

Thought for June 2022

‘If only it were so simple. If only there were evil people somewhere in cities committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line between good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being, and who is willing to destroy a piece of their own heart?’ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn