Love divine


A blue-sky bank holiday weekend! Stunning! Unexpected! Glorious!

I bumped into a friend this Easter weekend. She is grieving for her mother who died a few months ago. She shared how lonely the grieving process can be, as we each grieve in our own time and ways – and therefore out of kilter with others in our families or friendship group who are also grieving.

It is sunny but the weather inside us may be very different.

For me Good Friday and then Easter Sunday are of great significance. They remind me of love, a depth of love in fact beyond my imagining so I catch just a glimpse. Good Friday when a Father and a Son were separated – death. Easter Sunday when grieving friends of Jesus were afraid and then amazed – life. A story of love, a powerful love, with as many different emotions in it as we have weathers!

Easter may or may not be significant for you. But love, I am sure, is.

As we each recall, seek out and show love, we all share in something stunning, often unexpected and glorious.

Whatever the weather inside, allow yourself to remember those who have loved you, seek out those who love you now, and show love to others, the stranger and the friend.

For me, as we each do this, we experience something of the divine among us. Love divine.

This is Mindful Monday on 22 April 2019.

Join Julie Hill and Sara Shailer for an evening of mindfulness on the theme of growing in self-control at the Oasis in Cheltenham on Tuesday 14 May. Book your place ahead so we can prepare the space appropriately!

Light (and dark)


Christmas is getting closer and the lights are on! Lights on Christmas trees, lights in other Christmas decorations, in gardens, on eaves . . . . Christmas is acoming!

And the lights look great partly because it’s dark by mid-afternoon.

In the happenings of our lives this week we may also recognise the light and dark, the beautiful and the ugly, the joyful and the painful, the fun and the sadness.

We are on a journey of acceptance of both the light and the dark. The Christmas story contains both. The Christmas story also offers hope that the light keeps shining.

Jesus, the light of the world. My light. This is true for me – and whatever your faith or your spiritual experience – may you know The Light shining in the darkness.

The light keeps shining
in the dark,
and darkness has never
put it out.

Be aware of the light. You may notice it shining ever brighter the darker it gets.

This is Mindful Monday on 17 December 2018.

Essence Cheltenham meets for an evening of mindfulness on Tuesday 5 February on the theme of growing in peace. Book your place if you would like to come.