Going with the ebb and flow

Today’s “Finding Silence” meditation (Free online meditation sessions) was about the sense of the ebb and flow of time and how our natural response is to try and control it. James Roose-Evans says, ‘We have to learn how to co-operate with time and destiny, allowing life to shape us rather than trying to shape life to our own ends…Wisdom is to be found by living in harmony with the flow of things rather than trying to control events’

There is an ebb and flow to the universe; an ebb and flow to the life of the planet earth; an ebb and flow to the seasons, days, hours, minutes; an ebb and flow to the life of mankind, an ebb and flow to my own life. Can I work and live with that flow, rather than trying to control it or stop it?

The writer of Ecclesiastes tells us that there is a time to speak and a time to be silent; a time to love and a time to hate; a time for peace and a time for war; a time to embrace and a time not to embrace.

Here in the Coronavirus pandemic, it is a time not to embrace!  And in lockdown, how do I live co-operatively with this part of the ebb and flow of it? Can I allow life to shape me? And the answer is, I’m learning, every day, and it is happening, every day. 

If you are struggling with this lockdown time, and find it isn’t easy to adapt to the time, don’t suffer in silence.

Contact me for a chat to see how I can help.

The Open-Eyed Meditation

In the second of my extracts from James Roose-Evans’ book: Finding Silence, James offers a way that enables us to stay inwardly connected in the outward world.

It was for one extremely busy man who worked in the Foreign Office that, he says:

‘I devised what I have come to call The Open-Eyed Meditation…I suggested that he take the words ‘Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us’ and say them mentally, over and over, while keeping his eyes open as he walked to get the train in the morning, being aware of his surroundings, of the other people travelling on the train; aware of animals, buildings, the quality of light, of the weather, knowing that God is in everything.

To busy to be. Photo by Jose Martin Ramirez

And then at intervals throughout the day, perhaps when dealing with a difficult colleague, that he keep repeating these words mentally. While nurturing our inner flame we need also to look with open eyes at everything; not only at the outer world but also at our prejudices, our animosities, our judgmental attitudes toward others, our resistances, our laziness, to see how egoistic most of us are, how we manipulate others to get our way.

‘Looking in but looking out. So many of us dash through each day without stopping to look about us: to observe the pigeon on the railway platform scrabbling for crumbs, the tired woman in front of us returning home after a night shift, or a fractious child: for all the world is my neighbour. We are all involved. It is no good shutting our eyes twice a day in meditation if it is regarded as a retreat from the reality that is all around us.’

Saturday 12th October is a time for you to step out of the bustle and find silence at my one-day retreat, based on James Roose-Evans book, at the Bleddfa Centre. More here

To read more of this chapter and the rest of Finding Silence, you can buy it from Amazon, or at the Bleddfa Centre.

Finding Silence

Come to the Bleddfa Centre on Saturday 12th October for Finding Silence, a day retreat based on the book of that name by Bleddfa’s founder, James Roose-Evans.

From now until the retreat day, I will be featuring excerpts from James’s book. I hope you will find in it, as I have done, a medicine for the soul in busy and stressful times. Let it take you on a different journey…

Details about the retreat can be found here