ADVENT REFLECTION 16: HAIL MARY

•December 26, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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Didgeridoo prayer to Mary, recorded at Jean Vanier’s chapel in Trosly, France.

ADVENT RECORDING 16: LETTING GOD IN

•December 24, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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A reflection on Matthew 1. 18-25

ADVENT RECORDING 15: I AM SPIRITUAL BUT NOT RELIGIOUS

•December 20, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Screenshot_2019-12-20 Contemplative Outreach Ltd Silence Solitude Solidarity ServiceThomas Keating’s teachings about spirituality, particularly in relation to centring prayer, have been a recuring theme during the recordings I have made for you so far in Advent. Today, here is a recording of Thomas  himself, in which he responds to the popular notion of this time that, while religion is not seen anymore as being helpful, there is a growing spiritual hunger. Many recordings, books  and videos of and by Fr Keating are available through Contemplative Outreach website https://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/

ADVENT RECORDING 14: POBBLES AND THE SEAGULL

•December 19, 2019 • Leave a Comment

When we can’t seem to share the practice though we know it is what is needed, we must simply return to the practice and let go, trust God and wait until the time comes to share. God’s will be done, not ours.

 

ADVENT RECORDING 13: THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE

•December 18, 2019 • 1 Comment

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Transformation through contemplative practice is like a spiral staircase, Thomas Keating teaches in his book, “Intimacy With God, An Introduction To Centering Prayer”. Today’s contemplation comes from this teaching. You will need half an hour to listen to it all. If you have traveled the path of practice a while now, past the early phases of spiritual consolation, this will help you get through the more difficult terrain that follows them.

ADVENT RECORDING 12: SPIRITUAL WARRIOR

•December 17, 2019 • Leave a Comment

The spiritual journey is one of transformation. We are never alone on that journey. Christ travels with us every step of the way. Sometimes Christ goes out ahead to lead us on, sometimes walks in step with us, sometimes carries us. When Christ goes ahead, or when Christ pushes us on, it can feel like wwe are alone. It is necessary. We must face the dark parts of our personalities and to do that we cannot be “wrapped in cotton wool”! The spiritual path is necessarily a hard travelling journey through the harsh terrain of self deception. At these times, we may become the “spiritual warrior”. If we don’t, then, at least temporarily, we will surely give up and attempt to hide ourselves once again in distraction. However, having started, you will probably discover soon enough that stopping is not in reality possible. Might as well toughen up then and face the darkness and the dryness!

ADVENT RECORDING 11: ORAN MOR

•December 16, 2019 • Leave a Comment

James TissotThe Creation (c 1896 - 1902)

Oran Mor

Quiet—
Eternal Quiet.
Not even the sound of the restless, stirring, dark waters could be heard.
Then, a great spiralling strain of Melody moved across the endless waters.
Subdued at first,
then quickly gathering momentum until it reached a great crescendo.
And, then, there was Life!
But the Melody did not stop.
It continued its song,
filling all of Creation with its divine harmony.
And so it continues today,
for all those who listen.

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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