This contemplation is a winding journey to help us consider and contemplate the year just gone and the New Year coming.
This contemplation helps us to consider where our ideas of the first nativity came from. Then using an Ignatian style meditation, we’ll walk through your own nativity scene.
In this contemplation, Anna reflects on the Danish concept of Hygge, the art of intimacy and cosiness
This month’s contemplation is based on the Diana Butler Bass book ‘Freeing Jesus’.
This contemplation is for when we find ourselves in times of struggle.
This contemplation is inspired by the Miles Irving interview on foraging and the kindness of creation.
This contemplation focuses on the benefits of nature for our well being, drawing inspiration from Wendell Berry’s poem The Peace of Wild Things.
This month’s contemplation invites us to focus our attention on what is good and beautiful in our lives, others lives and the world around us. By embracing the practice of gratitude we cultivate joy.
This contemplation focuses on God’s activity in the work of liberation and justice, inspired by the interview with Damon Garcia.
This contemplation is based on the Nomad Interview with Richard Rohr and his understanding of the Universal Christ: another name for everything.
In this contemplation Anna considers some words shared by Jennifer Kavanagh in the Nomad interview ‘The Quaker Way’ about learning to pause.
This contemplation considers the idea that the love within us is like gold. Anna reflects on what we can draw from this comparison, and then leads us in a stilling exercise where we use a prayer word to quieten our busy minds.
Following on from our conversation with Matthew Fox, Anna leads us in a meditation that explores the spirituality of the remarkable 14th Century mystic Julian of Norwich.
In this meditation we consider what unexpected change can bring up in us. To help us do this, we’ll be drawing from Mary in the Christmas story, whose willing response to God meant her life changed unexpectedly and forever.
This month’s meditation combines some reflections on the saints, the goodness of God in the world and what it means to be a follower of ‘The Way’ of Christ.
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.
Nature has bought great comfort and healing to many of us over this time of lockdown. When things slowed down and went quiet, many of us spent more time noticing and appreciating the wild things. In this meditation we reflect on how we desire to protect that which we love and value.
This month’s meditation is about trusting and resting in the unconditional love of God. And from that disarming place of deep security, we can be transformed by divine love.
This contemplation reflects on the the feminine image of God, inspired by Jemimah’s interview with Nicola Slee on Nomad’s ‘Faith in Feminism’ episode. With openness and curiosity, we will explore our relationship with the mystery of the feminine in the divine.
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.
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.
This month we’re meditating on living and celebrating the ordinary. We’ll be thinking about the 30 years that Jesus spent living an ordinary life in Nazareth doing everyday things with God, in love. We’ll then reflect on our own everyday lives and the impact simply doing things in love can have.
This contemplation will focus on water. We will contemplate the miracle and mystery of water and the life it brings to the planet. We will consider the way it flows through time and space.
This month’s contemplation is based around the theme of advent and contemplating Mary’s visitation from the angel and her journey through life. It’s focusing on light in lightlessness or gloom and love in spaces of uncertainty, pain, fear and struggle.
This month’s meditation is centred on the idea of transition and change. These times can be challenging, and we can feel more vulnerable and exposed than normal. They can also be opportunities for spiritual growth and freedom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This month’s contemplation invites you to dwell on the unconditional, unimaginably extravagant, unlimited love of God and anchoring in this reality, learning to trust this love ever more deeply.
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.
In this contemplation David Blower leads us in a lectio divina style meditation based on a reading by Saint Isaac of Nineveh, a Syrian Christian from the 7th century.
I’ve been continuing to reflect on the Janet Williams interview, and the idea that we can encounter God in darkness. So I thought in this month’s contemplation we’d explore this theme with a simple lectio divina meditation.
In this month’s contemplation, we’re going to explore some very simple body movements, to try and draw us a little more out of our heads, and a little more into our bodies.
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.
Hannah will lead us in a simple body scan exercise, and then we’re going to try and listen to what our bodies are saying to us.
In this contemplation we’re going to be using the practice of lectio divina to help us meditate on Psalm 139:12 and reflect on the possibility of finding light in the darkness. And Hannah will be helping us become more present with a stilling practice and centring prayer.
In this month’s contemplative practice, we’re exploring the use of sacred sounds to help us open our awareness to the possibility of God’s presence.
In this contemplation we’re exploring silence. Silence seems to underpin most Christian contemplative practices, so we thought every now and then we’d share in it together. So Hannah will lead us in a stilling exercise, and we’ll then spend 10 minutes in silence together.
We’re venturing outside again and engaging in some divine nature reading.
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.
This month’s contemplation is inspired by our recent conversation with Kallistos Ware. In response to that, we thought we’d use Lectio Divina to meditate on the passage that many people think inspired the Jesus Prayer. And then we’ll spend some time saying the Prayer together.
We thought while we’d got the mics out, we’d record a monthly contemplation, so we can share this journey with you. It’ll centre around a lectio divina meditation, but will also include stilling and centring practices.