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

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 May 2021

‘Silence can open a door on a new dimension of reality. It is like finding a trap door or a secret passage, giving a way out of our usual ego-dominated existence. Where there seemed to be only an endless, grey alley of concrete and mortar, or a prison of velvet walls with scarcely air to breathe, in silence suddenly we find ourselves in open country.’

Morton T Kelsey

Thought for April 2021

The dying leaves of a hundred million autumns have built up the humus from which our crops spring…… A hard, polished acorn falls to the ground and cracks open, but it sends one shoot down and another up, and later there is a tree. Life springs and grows where the bearers of life do not clutch it to themselves, but hear the call to let it go in the interests of fuller life and action.
Maria Boulding.

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 New Year

‘Yearning for a new way will not produce it. Only ending the old way can do that. You cannot hold onto the old, all the while declaring that you want something new. The old will defy the new; the old will deny the new; the old will decry the new. There is only one way to bring in the new. you must make room for it.’ Neale Donald Walsch

Thought for December 2020

‘A community is a place where people can express individuality rather than individualism.  Individualism is simply doing your own thing in your own way and blanking out the other people.  Individuality involves bringing your particular contribution to bear on the life of the community, even if that is a difficult contribution for others to accept.’ Christopher Jamison

Thought for November 2020

‘Keep in mind the advantage of remaining aware of death, of hugging its shadow to you.  Such awareness can integrate the darkness with your spark of life and enhance your life while you still have it.  The way to value life, the way to feel compassion for others, the way to love anything with greatest depth is to be aware that these experiences are destined to be lost.’ Irvin Yalom