Tag Archive | meditation

#mindfulness without meditation

#mindfulness without meditation

Here is a link to my article on PREMIER Mind and Soul about the work of Ellen Langer in the area of mindlessness and mindfulness.

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Better link to UCB radio interview with me on silence and contemplation

Better link to UCB radio interview with me on silence and contemplation

Link to UCB Christian radio Paul Hammond’s interview with me earlier this year on silence, contemplation, meditation and mindfulness

One-Minute Icon: inner #sanctuary

Finding Sanctuary book

Inner sanctuary

Inner sanctuary

Paintings like poetry can shift our mental gears from doing to being, from thinking to awareness, from autopilot to mindfulness, from self-preoccupation to contemplation of God, which becomes love for others and the creation around us.

Step out of clock-time for one minute and focus your attention on the painting. As your mind wanders allow yourself to become aware of the noise in your head, the afflictive thoughts, the self-preoccupied narratives. Allow the volume on those thoughts and feelings to be turned up. Become aware of the silence in the painting. You can click on the picture to make it bigger.

As I was praying this morning I came across this painting I had done in France a while back. As the rain beat down outside, and it looked like we wouldn’t see the sun today I suddenly wanted to be in this bright summer place in France. But then I also thought: this is a picture of what my inner sanctuary could look like. My inner sanctuary doesn’t have to be grey like the external world was this morning.

How do we create this inner sanctuary? If you want a good book to begin, read Father Christopher Jamison’s ‘Finding Sanctuary’ (see attached link). What are some of the building blocks? Virtue…silence…meditation and contemplation…

#Christmas is coming: which season will lead us ADVENT or ADVERT?

an ever watchful eye   (click on this link)

As Christmas comes will we in the season of Advent, wait for the adventure, or be Advert-led? Here is an Advent reflection I have written on the South Asian Concern blog, about a watching that is not anxious, acquisitive or competitive.