BLACKSHAWHEAD CHAPEL

BLACKSHAWHEAD CHAPEL

the quiet place

 
 
Post a Prayer
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   BODY AND SOUL

You do not have  a soul

You are a soul

You have a body.

C.S. Lewis

Silence illuminates our souls, whispers to our hearts, and brings them together.
 
It makes us feel that our bodies are no more than prisons.
Kahlil Gibran

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 
He lets me rest in green meadows;
He leads me beside peaceful streams. 

He restores my soul.
Psalm 23

   BODY AND SOUL


You do not have  a soul


You are a soul


You have a body.


C.S. Lewis


Silence illuminates our souls, whispers to our hearts, and brings them together.


It makes us feel that our bodies are no more than prisons.

Kahlil Gibran


The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.

He lets me rest in green meadows;

He leads me beside peaceful streams.


He restores my soul.

Psalm 23






  the quiet place is a space in Blackshawhead chapel opened each week

  for undisturbed peace  and meditation, using resources from a variety of faiths.

       the quiet place online  is a virtual space you can 

          keep coming back to for spiritual inspiration.

                       The resources change from time to time.



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 the cinema or going to church, 
visiting friends or taking a walk alone,
cleaning the house 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


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 the cinema or going to church,

visiting friends or taking a walk alone,

cleaning the house 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

Noise
Sound engineers speak of two things - signal and noise.
The signal is the meaningful part of a transmission.
The noise is all the unwanted stuff that interferes with our ability to hear and understand the signal.

Our lives are full of noise - so much information, so many messages, all competing for our attention. 
We find it hard to find the signal.

Take some time to identify the noises around you one by one: traffic perhaps, or the  weather; dogs barking; the hum of the computer; the hubbub of life...
As you recognise each one, savour it and then place it to one side.

What are the noises on the inside? - that song you can't get out of your head; thoughts that won't stop chattering; nagging worries; hurt; anger; things you have to do tomorrow...Identify them one by one, listen to them, write them down if it helps,  and place them to one side.

Still the loudspeaker of your soul,
turn the noise off and give yourself some peace.

Be still....  Quiet.... Just listen to your life - 
hear the cycle of your breathing; 
be aware of the rhythm of your heart-beat.

Then listen for that still, small, inner voice that needs to be heard but is so often drowned out.

Noise

Sound engineers speak of two things - signal and noise.

The signal is the meaningful part of a transmission.

The noise is all the unwanted stuff that interferes with our ability to hear and understand the signal.


Our lives are full of noise - so much information, so many messages, all competing for our attention.

We find it hard to find the signal.


Take some time to identify the noises around you one by one: traffic perhaps, or the  weather; dogs barking; the hum of the computer; the hubbub of life...

As you recognise each one, savour it and then place it to one side.


What are the noises on the inside? - that song you can't get out of your head; thoughts that won't stop chattering; nagging worries; hurt; anger; things you have to do tomorrow...Identify them one by one, listen to them, write them down if it helps,  and place them to one side.


Still the loudspeaker of your soul,

turn the noise off and give yourself some peace.


Be still....  Quiet.... Just listen to your life -

hear the cycle of your breathing;

be aware of the rhythm of your heart-beat.


Then listen for that still, small, inner voice that needs to be heard but is so often drowned out.