Our QUIET PLACE keynote image is “SOULBIRD’ by Blackshaw Head-based artist Lisa Kilty, which she has kindly allowed us to use.
The Soulbird is in flight, on a journey from darkness towards light.
How is the journey of your soul? :
- Are you travelling firmly towards the light, and leaving the darkness behind?
- Have you come to a bit of a standstill, resting maybe, in a place where you can see the light ahead but there is still a lot of darkness around?
- Are you in danger of being blown backwards towards the darkness by forces that are hard to resist?
Take a moment to reflect, and perhaps make a decision.
THOUGHTS ON THE SPIRITUAL LIFE
The spiritual life is not a separate and specialised part of daily life.
Everything you do in the day, from washing to eating breakfast, having meetings, driving to work, going to the shop, solving problems, making more problems for yourself, watching television or deciding instead to read, going to the pub or relaxing in the bath
EVERYTHING YOU DO IS YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE.
It is only a matter of how consciously you do these ordinary things, how attentive you are to the opportunities they offer for growth, for enjoyment, and how mindfully, how selflessly, how compassionately you perform them.
[After Lawrence Freeman, Order of St Benedict]
BODY AND SOUL
You do not have a soul.
You are a soul.
You have a body.
Never let your body
(or your mind)
deny your soul (or 'spirit')