Contemplations

Contemplative practices, for our patrons

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DOWNLOAD In this contemplation we consider the season of spring, of new life, seeds stirring, Imbolc and Candlemas. We look at seeds as an analogy for prayer and of life within us awakening, beginning and becoming. Anna then invites us into a stilling exercise and an ignatian style meditation walking through the life cycle of…

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This month’s contemplation will use imagination and story to lead us into a place of rest. We will use lectio divina – the reading of a short passage of scripture slowly three times – and an imaginative gratitude practice, which will invite us into a place of celebration of all that is good and life-giving in our lives and in the world.

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This month’s meditation draws on the story of the disciple Thomas and a prayer from Susanna Wesley. Through these lenses we look at what it means to trust God when life has not turned out as we’d thought or hoped. Thomas asks very clearly for what he needs in order to believe in the risen Christ, and Susanna writes a prayer to help her see goodness come from life’s curve balls and losses.

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In this meditation we consider the woman who was healed when she touched Jesus’ cloak: how she hides, comes forward and shares her story. Jesus welcomes her as his own and she moves from isolated social outcast into true belonging. We consider the courage it takes to come out of hiding, to be seen, to accept love and to walk on in a new found freedom.

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This month we’ll be contemplating the origins and journey of sea glass before it’s found on the shore of a beach. Anna shares some thoughts and reflections on her engagement with sea glass in Cornwall, before leading a stilling exercise to become fully present to ourselves and God.

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Jesus regularly used the natural world to help teach his disciples profound, life altering truths e.g. the fig tree, weeds, mustard seeds, fish and the weather, to name a few. He also regularly retreated in solitude and spent time ‘wandering’ in lonely places with God. So I will be inviting you to create some space to wander in nature, to be fully present to God and to creation, and to allow the pages of the created order to speak to your soul.

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This contemplation is about connecting with God through nature, leading us to ‘consider the lilies’ (Luke 12:27), and embracing creation as ‘the primary and most perfect revelation of the Divine.” (Thomas Aquinas). We will practice becoming more present to the earth under our feet, to our bodies, to our senses and to God by walking barefoot in nature.

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This month’s meditation is about accepting all of ourselves, both our humanity and divinity. In order to find our true selves, and to be seen as such, we need to embark on a journey to becoming fully integrated and whole. This is, of course, a lifetime’s journey, but here is a little space to help you on the way wherever you are on that journey.

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In this meditation we can practice being fully present to ourselves and God through what Martin Laird calls the ‘prayer of just being’. Learning to rest in God’s loving gaze as an act of love and trust. To do this we need to be able to hand over all that distracts and concerns us, trusting that God is love and can hold all as we rest in that love.

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Taste is one of the most intimate senses we have, and so it’s interesting that taste is at the heart of the practice Jesus gave us to remember him by. So in this month’s contemplation we’ll be exploring what the actual taste of bread and wine might be revealing to us.

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The weather in the UK is great right now, so we’ve been inspired to take this month’s contemplation outside (apologies if the weather isn’t so good where you are…). So rather than the seated body scan that Hannah usually leads us in, we’re going to be engaging in a walking meditation, during which we’ll also reflect on the first few verses of Psalm 19.

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