ADVENT REFLECTION 10: FIND THE BEGINNING AND YOU WILL KNOW THE END (A DIDGERIDOO MEDITATION)

•December 13, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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“Have you found the beginning then, that you are asking about the end? The soul who stands at the beginning will know, at the same time, the end…” (from the Gospel of Thomas). The didgeridoo meditation was recorded at an ancient Celtic burial site in Gower today. Listen and find yourself at the beginning (12 minute meditation).

ADVENT RECORDING 9: THE LORD’S PRAYER

•December 12, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Vallée des SaintsThe recording begins with the Lord’s Prayer in Welsh, but today’s contemplation comes from the early Syriac Aramaic version of the prayer. This helps us draw out some of the otherwise hidden nuances in Jesus’ teaching of the prayer. The contemporary Sufi, Neil Douglas-Klotz, has done much work in recent years to raise awareness of the benefits of considering the Aramaic setting for Jesus’ teachings, and I have drawn on his translations here as well as working with the Syriac Aramaic.

Below you can find a beautiful musical version of the prayer.

ADVENT RECORDING 8: THE LIMPET AND THE CHRIST OF IT

•December 12, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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ADVENT RECORDING 8: THE LIMPET AND THE CHRIST OF IT

•December 11, 2019 • 1 Comment

Contemplation: What do I mean when I say I follow Christ? Am I his disciple or am I a limpet? Am I both? If so, how much am I limpet and how much disciple? Can I yet let go and dance with time and with eternity?

ADVENT RECORDING 7:WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO FOR YOU

•December 10, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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An ancient Christian contemplative practice, using imagination and Scripture. This is a re-recording because yesterday’s sound file was broken.

ADVENT RECORDING 6: THE WOLF AND THE LAMB

•December 9, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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When we engage in contemplative prayer, things happen to us!

Isaiah 11. 1-10

“A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.”

ADVENT RECORDING 5: UNDER ILLTYD’S YEW, WHEN THE RAIN COMES

•December 6, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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Voice lost in the wind and rain, sitting under Illtyd’s tree at Llanilltyd, Ilston, this morning. So today just didj and flute and nature

 
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