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Meditation Reflections

Each week the Dean offers a reflection or a poem that speaks to the experience of learning how to attend; to be mindful.

“Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice found at the core of all the great religious traditions. It leads the practitioner from mind to heart and to the integration of these two centres of human being. It is not an exoteric complicated or essentially difficult practice. It is a learning process most of which it is in fact unlearning of condition and imaginary responses to reality.” – World Community for Christian Meditation

The Cathedral Meditation Group meets each Tuesday at 6.45pm.

The Dean welcomes you feedback and insights.
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Sunday 1st August, 2021

I have wished a bird would fly away,
And not sing by my house all day…..

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Have clapped my hands at him from the door
When it seemed as if I could bear no more.

 The fault must partly have been in me.
The bird was not to blame for his key.

 And of course there must be something wrong

In wanting to silence any song.
                        Robert Frost, The Minor Bird

 I often find that the silence of meditation allows me to stop silencing my deepest self.

Due to the current lockdown we have decided that it would be best if we meet using Zoom this week.

To join the Meditation group by Zoom click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/278417931?pwd=UHMxT1dVL2ZTUTB2MHc3UWJvMGlrUT09

To join by phone ring (07) 3185 3730 and enter these details:
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Peace,
Peter+

 

Sunday 25th July, 2021

Souls without prayer are like people whose bodies or limbs are paralysed…

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they possess feet and hands but they cannot control them. Mental prayer is, as I see it, simply a friendly intercourse and frequent solitary conversation with Him who, as we know, loves us. It is of great importance, when we begin to practise prayer, not to let ourselves be frightened by our own thoughts. For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.”
               The Life of Saint Teresa of Ávila by Herself

Image: Light Being Right After the Starry Night, Encaustic on Wood by Neranza Noel Blount

We meet in the Cathedral on Tuesday night for our meditation group, 6.45pm to 7.30pm. It is still possible to join the group using Zoom. Please enter via the (North West) door – the door with ramp access that enters the Cathedral from the northern (larger) carpark.

A Covid-safe meal of soup and bread will also be available from 5.30pm. This will be offered in the Darnell Room in St Martin’s House to allow us to comply with the requirements of current health directive. Please enter St Martin’s House via the door off the courtyard. There is a buzzer labelled ‘Corridor’ you can use to gain entry

To join the Meditation group by Zoom click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/278417931?pwd=UHMxT1dVL2ZTUTB2MHc3UWJvMGlrUT09

To join by phone ring (07) 3185 3730 and enter these details:
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Peace,
Peter+

 

Sunday 18th July, 2021

How does meditation do this healing?

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It does it in a very simple, radical way. We do it by cutting through, in a nonviolent way, the images. Because if we let go of the images, it breaks the cycle of desire. If we break through the cycle of desire, we break that pattern, if we can break it at least temporarily and if we continue to break it often enough, it will eventually dissolve. It will be broken and we will be free to restart, eventually, if we do the work, if we stay with it, if we persevere.
                               Grace at Work, Laurence Freeman OSB

We meet in the Cathedral on Tuesday night for our meditation group, 6.45pm to 7.30pm. It is still possible to join the group using Zoom. Please enter via the (North West) door – the door with ramp access that enters the Cathedral from the northern (larger) carpark.

A Covid-safe meal of soup and bread will also be available from 5.30pm. This will be offered in the Darnell Room in St Martin’s House to allow us to comply with the requirements of current health directive. Please enter St Martin’s House via the door off the courtyard. There is a buzzer labelled ‘Corridor’ you can use to gain entry

To join the Meditation group by Zoom click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/278417931?pwd=UHMxT1dVL2ZTUTB2MHc3UWJvMGlrUT09

To join by phone ring (07) 3185 3730 and enter these details:
Meeting ID: 278 417 931#
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Peace,
Peter+

 

Sunday 11th July, 2021

Green slated gables clasp the stem of the hill
In the lemony autumn sun; an acid wind……

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Dissolves the leaf stalks of back garden trees,
And chimneys with their fires unlit
Seem yet to puff a yellow smoke of poplars.
Freestone is brown as bark, and the model bakery
That once was a Primitive Methodist Chapel
Lifts its cornice against the sky.
And now, like a flight of racing pigeons
Slipped from their basket in the station yard,
A box kite rides the air, a square of calico,
Crimson as the cornets of the Royal Temperance Band
When they brass up the wind in marching.  The kite
Strains and struggles on its leash, and unseen boys,
In chicken run or allotment or by the side
Of the old quarry full to the gullet with water,
Pay out on their string a rag of dream,
High as the Jubilee flagpole.

              I turn from the window
(Letting the bobbins of autumn wind up the swallows)
And lie on my bed. The ceiling
Slopes over like a tent, and white walls
Wrap themselves round me, leaving only
A flap for the light to blow through.  Thighs and spine
Are clamped to the mattress and looping springs
Twine round my chest and hold me.  I feel the air
Move on my face like spiders, see the light
Slide across the plaster; but wind and sun
Are mine no longer, nor have I kite to claim them,
Or string to fish the clouds.  But there on a shelf
In the warm corner of my dormer window
A pot geranium flies its bright balloon,
Nor can the festering hot-house of the tropics
Breed a tenser crimson; for this crock of soil,
Six inch deep by four across,
Contains the pattern, the prod and pulse of life,
Complete as the Nile or the Niger.

           And what need therefore
To stretch for the straining kite? – for kite and flower
Bloom in my room for ever; the light that lifts them
Shines in my own eyes, and my body’s warmth
Hatches their red in my veins.  It is the Gulf Stream
That rains down the chimney, making the soot spit; it is the Trade Wind
That blows in the draught under the bedroom door.
My ways are circumscribed, confined as a limpet
To one small radius of rock; yet
I eat the equator, breathe the sky, and carry
The great white sun in the dirt of my finger nails.
                                  Norman Nicholson, The Pot Geranium from Norman Nicholson Selected Poems 1940-1982.

When he was a teenager, Norman Nicholson was diagnosed with Tuberculous and so was confined to a single room for an extended period. The experience taught him to pay attention to place. The poem, The Pot Geranium, captures the journey noticing detail helped him take. He notices the detail of the things he can see through his window and of the potted geranium in his room. His noticing expands until he becomes aware of the inert connectedness of all things and recognises his place in the planetary system.

We meet in the Cathedral on Tuesday night for our meditation group, 6.45pm to 7.30pm. It is still possible to join the group using Zoom. Please enter via the (North West) door – the door with ramp access that enters the Cathedral from the northern (larger) carpark.

A Covid-safe meal of soup and bread will also be available from 5.30pm. This will be offered in the Darnell Room in St Martin’s House to allow us to comply with the requirements of current health directive. Please enter St Martin’s House via the door off the courtyard. There is a buzzer labelled ‘Corridor’ you can use to gain entry

To join the Meditation group by Zoom click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/278417931?pwd=UHMxT1dVL2ZTUTB2MHc3UWJvMGlrUT09

To join by phone ring (07) 3185 3730 and enter these details:
Meeting ID: 278 417 931#
Passcode: 042853#
Participant:#

Peace,
Peter+

 
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