Through a window

Gently. Kindly.

In these unusual times we are practicing keeping a distance from one another. When we are outdoors at all, we are learning to cross the road if we need to so that we can maintain that distance.

In these unusual times we will now – usually – catch a glimpse of others perhaps through a window. Or see them framed on a laptop or mobile phone screen.

We are experiencing others in new ways. We are also perhaps experiencing ourselves in new ways; we are perhaps more often on our own. This is a new window – or a different time – when we can grow in our understanding of ourselves.

Look outward at others with gentleness and kindness. Look also at yourself with that same gentleness and kindness. Neither of these are easy to do. Practice.

As you notice others and yourself, you will start to see afresh. You will have fresh insights. Don’t shy away from what you see: gently, kindly, explore them. Treasure them.

As we do spend more time on our own, we may find we catch a glimpse of our inner selves, our souls. The intrinsic self. The whole self. The ‘body, mind and spirit’ self.

I have sensed this during last week – and hope to continue the journey this coming week. Join me.

At moments I have sought to draw close to God. I am reminded of something expressed by the writer C S Lewis, “I pray because I cannot help myself”. Whether it is your usual practice to pray or not, you may – in these unusual times – find yourself saying a prayer. Perhaps there is something deep within each of us that reminds us we are not alone.

This is Mindful Monday on 30 March 2020. Please share it with someone you know who may find it useful.

Coming soon to a screen near you! Virtual opportunities to share the journey.

 

 

 

The miraculous every day

 

dropletThank you to all of you who got in touch to find how my thumbs are healing (see last week’s Mindful Monday here). Indeed it is amazing that they have healed so quickly. A miracle?

I looked up a C S Lewis quotation mentioned by someone at last week’s Essence mindfulness gathering.

Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.

It is when we practice – intentionally – looking around us that we begin to glimpse miracles. Often – surprisingly – in the every day.

Maybe as we practice seeing the small things, we get closer to seeing the big things – and maybe, just maybe, the big things are actually the small things . . .

Thank you to Jo Crouch for the photograph – you are amazing at observing the detail in the every day.

This is Mindful Monday on Monday 24 June 2019.

Join Julie Hill and Sara Shailer for an evening of mindfulness at the Oasis in Cheltenham on Monday 8 July. To book your place, email hello@essencecheltenham.org.