Archive | May 2016

‘Like coming home’ my review of @briandraperuk’s new book Soulfulness

 

A link to my review of Brian Draper’s new book ‘Soulfulness: deepening the mindful life’, via the Baptist Times

a review of Brian Draper’s new book Soulfulness via the Baptist Times

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Here is Putting On The Wakeful One podcast One – attune to the Spirit of Jesus

Here is the first podcast in a series of six on my new book Putting On The Wakeful One: attuning to the Spirit of Jesus through Watchfulness. They have all been recorded on location and are designed to be used in small groups using the book and the study guide at the end of the book.

 

Putting On The Wakeful One podcast One

I’ve reviewed Tim Stead’s Mindfulness & Christian Spirituality via @BaptistTimes

 

Please click on the link below to go to the Baptist Times website to read my review of Tim Stead’s new book…

my review of Tim Stead’s new book Mindfulness & Christian Spirituality via @BaptistTimes

Part of the Introduction from Putting On The Wakeful One via @BaptistTimes

A link (see below) to part of the introduction from my new book Putting On The Wakeful One: attuning to the Spirit of Jesus published by the Baptist Times.

Putting On The Wakeful One

‘When we put on the Wakeful One we put on the mind of Christ; we are waking up from sleep; we are clothing ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.’

An attentive review of Putting On The Wakeful One via wordsmith @richardlittleda

an attentive review of Putting On The Wakeful One my new book

The above link is to a review of Putting On The Wakeful One, my new book, by author, minister and broadcaster Richard Littledale…

‘The book is bulging with insights fascinating enough to draw the reader in and stimulating enough to trouble that reader after the covers are closed.’

 

Stilling the beats of our minds

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I have just led a retreat at Worth Abbey based on my new book ‘Putting On the Wakeful One: attuning to the Spirit of Jesus through Watchfulness.’ We have a capacity to slow down, to move from doing to being, but most of the time that capacity is as overgrown as this park bench. We don’t cultivate this natural capacity to come to our senses, to re-inhabit our bodies. But when we do we find a place of energy and peace and renewed purpose.

I shared with the group a picture by Kurt Jackson of a stream, where he says of it ‘I can just hear the robin above the roar of the stream.’

 

I shared that I felt that  it could be a picture of life: that something very noisy and difficult can dominate, drowning out all other voices – but that when we slow down we can suddenly hear again the song of the robin in our own life – another more hopeful narrative in play.

I recently bought a Fitbit watch in part to see if my heartbeat slows down when I pray. As I looked at it I realised that just as we can slow down our heart beat, so we can slow down the beats of our mind. We cannot empty our mind, but we can stop it racing with thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. As these ‘beats’ slow down we can move from rational critical thinking to awareness, we can hear the song of the robin, and many other songs as well, including the song God is singing over us.

The Worth Abbey church is a beautiful open space, that expands your mind as you sit within its big silence. We too have a space like this in our cognitive architecture, that lets in the Light – it is called awareness and attention.