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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 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

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