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19 May 2014 a post by Annie Heppenstall. 2 comments.

Urban Springtime and the element of Air

This is the third in a series of articles on exploring earth-centred spirituality in an urban context. I have been reflecting on the seasons and their frequently associated elements: autumn and water, winter and earth, now spring and air. The four traditional elements are associated in this way, through ascribing them to the four quarters of a circle, divided like a compass by the north, south, east and west lines. More ...

18 March 2014 a post by Bruce Stanley. 7 comments.

Sensio Divina

The contemplative exercise of Lectio Divina, or Divine Reading, has been practiced from the earliest times of monastic discipleship – the act of sitting prayerfully with a short piece of sacred text and allowing it to speak and inhabit our minds and hearts. How does it work when reading the Book of Creation? More ...

09 January 2014 a post by Annie Heppenstall. 4 comments.

Down to Earth: Winter Prayer-walking

Five years ago we moved to a densely populated and culturally diverse area of south Birmingham. There have been many joys in living here, one of which has been the local riverbank and a small but very special patch of woodland called Moseley Bog. More ...

13 September 2013 a post by Bruce Stanley. 1 comments.

Talking to Trees

Of all the experiential nature connection ideas I’ve been exploring and advocating through workshops and the Forest Church book, the one that has raised more questions than anything else is the idea of conversing with nature. More ...

01 August 2012 a post by Karen Wellman. 0 comments.

Hanter Dro. Listening and dancing, the circle turns.

August is high summer; school is out and the holidays are here. It is a time for lazy days of sunshine and long evenings with friends and family. But even if the Gulf Stream really does move and we get some good weather this August the wheel of the year is turning and the nights are getting longer and the dews heavier. Many traditional communities have dances for summer and celebration, but don’t be distracted by the costumes or the stylised movements. Dance is a way of a community planning to deal with change. More ...

21 June 2012 a post by Matt Freer. 0 comments.

Lessons from a ‘Poor old Billy’ tree

“Poor old Billy tree,” yelled my daughter as she enthusiastically pointed to a Willow tree across the river. More ...

10 February 2011 a post by Pauline Warner. 2 comments.

And the serpent will not harm me

I love the season of Imbolc and Candlemas. The snowdrop breaking through the ice hard soil, lengthening days. Candles for Mary as she presents her new child in the Temple. Bride’s Day when the ewes give their milk or St Bridget’s Day, the patron saint of midwives. It’s a time which is so tuned in to the rhythm of bodies and the seasons. More ...

06 December 2010 a post by Bruce Stanley. 0 comments.

How To Manifest The Impossible

The poet laureate Robert Southey, when he wasn’t quilling epic poems about Joan of Arc, Robespierre or Nelson, said this: “To a resolute mind, wishing to do is the first step toward doing. But if we do not wish to do a thing it becomes impossible.” Isn't that fantastic? More ...

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