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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.
The reflection is sent out each week by email. Please email the Dean to join the list.
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Sunday 28th November, 2021
The Paradox of Advent

The Infinite a sudden Guest..

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Has been assumed to be —
But how can that stupendous come
Which never went away?
              Emily Dickinson, Poem #1309
                        (On the Paradox of Advent)

I find the space that opens in meditation to be the space in which such paradoxes feel resolved.

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 in St Martin’s House. 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

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Peace,
Peter+

 

Sunday 7th November, 2021
The Spendthrift Lover

Where will you find one more liberal than God?…

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He buys the worthless rubbish which is your wealth,
He pays you the Light that illumines your heart.
He accepts these frozen and lifeless bodies of yours,
And gives you a Kingdom beyond what you dream of,
He takes a few drops of your tears,
And gives you the Divine Fount sweeter than sugar.
He takes your sighs fraught with grief and sadness,
And for each sigh gives rank in heaven as interest.
In return for the sigh-wind that raised tear-clouds,
God gave Abraham the title of “Father of the Faithful”
                                     Jalal ad-Din Rumi, from The Masnavi

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 in St Martin’s House. 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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Currently we are not offering a study on Tuesday nights.

Peace,
Peter+

 

 

Sunday 31st October, 2021
Do it for Love

Don’t meditate to fix yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself;…

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rather, do it as an act of love, of deep warm friendship to yourself.
In this way there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement,
for the endless guilt of not doing enough.
It offers the possibility of an end to the ceaseless round of trying so hard that wraps so many people’s lives in a knot.
Instead there is now meditation as an act of love.
How endlessly delightful and encouraging.
      Bob Sharples, From Meditation: Calming the Mind

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 in St Martin’s House. 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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Currently we are not offering a study on Tuesday nights.

Peace,
Peter+

 

Sunday 24th October, 2021
Hunger becomes Silence

Cast from afar before the stones were born…

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And rain had rinsed the darkness for colour,
The words have waited for the hunger in her
To become the silence where they could form.

The day’s last light frames her by the window,
A young woman with distance in her gaze,
She could never imagine the surprise
That is hovering over her life now.

The sentence awakens like a raven,
Fluttering and dark, opening her heart
To nest the voice that first whispered the earth
From dream into wind, stone, sky and ocean.

She offers to mother the shadow’s child;
Her untouched life becoming wild inside.
           
John O’Donohue, The Annunciation.

Some of the imagery O’Donohue has managed to pack into this poem has really gripped me. I based Sunday’s homily on one image:
The words have waited for the hunger in her
To become the silence where they could form.

I find it truly captivating to reflect on the idea that Mary, in answering God’s call, was discovering that a deep hunger within her was being satisfied. The fact that the hunger could only be recognised for what it truly was after it had become a silence, is particularly illuminating.

Perhaps this is one of the things we seek through meditation, for our hungers to become silences. Silences into which the God who calls us speaks.

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 in St Martin’s House. 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

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Currently we are not offering a study on Tuesday nights.

Peace,
Peter+

Sunday 17th October, 2021
The Still Point

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;…
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Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.
And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.
The inner freedom from the practical desire,
The release from action and suffering, release from the inner
And the outer compulsion, yet surrounded
By a grace of sense, a white light still and moving,
Erhebung without motion, concentration
Without elimination, both a new world
And the old made explicit, understood
In the completion of its partial ecstasy,
The resolution of its partial horror.
Yet the enchainment of past and future
Woven in the weakness of the changing body,
Protects mankind from heaven and damnation
Which flesh cannot endure.
         
From Burnt Norton, T S Eliot

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 in St Martin’s House. 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

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Currently we are not offering a study on Tuesday nights.

Peace,
Peter+

 

Sunday 10th October, 2021
A Tree rustling over a gravesite

 

I love the dark hours of my being….

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My mind deepens into them.
There I can find, as in old letters,
the days of my life, already lived,
and held like a legend, and understood.

 Then the knowing comes: I can open
to another life that’s wide and timeless.

 So I am sometimes like a tree
rustling over a gravesite
and making real the dream
of the one its living roots
embrace:

 a dream once lost
among sorrows and songs.
                Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God

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 in St Martin’s House. Please enter St Martin’s House via the door off the courtyard. There is a buzzer labelled ‘Corridor’ you can use to gain entry.

The last session of Ken Keith’s exploration of the theme of Reconciliation as it applies to various parts of our life will occur after the meditation session. To find out more visit: www.stjphnscathedral.com.au/whats-on . We thank Ken for putting this study together.

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

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Peace,
Peter+

Sunday 3rd October, 2021
Clown in the Moon

 
My tears are like the quiet drift…..
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Of petals from some magic rose;
And all my grief flows from the rift
Of unremembered skies and snows.
I think, that if I touched the earth,
It would crumble;
It is so sad and beautiful,
So tremulously like a dream.
                     Clown in the Moon, Dylan Thomas
 
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 in St Martin’s House. Please enter St Martin’s House via the door off the courtyard. There is a buzzer labelled ‘Corridor’ you can use to gain entry.
 
Our latest study through which Ken Keith is assisting us to explore the theme of Reconciliation as it applies to various parts of our life will continue after the meditation session. To find out more visit: www.stjphnscathedral.com.au/whats-on
 
To join the Meditation and/or study group by Zoom click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/278417931…
 
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Peace,
Peter+

Sunday 26th September, 2021
Building using the Stumbling Stones

 

So let us pick up the stones over which we stumble, friends and build altars…

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Let us listen to the sound of breath in our bodies.
Let us listen to the sounds of our own voices, of our own names, of our own fears.
Let’s claw ourselves out from the graves we’ve dug.
Let’s lick the earth from our fingers.
Let us look up and out and around.
The world is big and wide and wild and wonderful and wicked,
And our lives are murky, magnificent, malleable, and full of meaning. Oremus.
Let us pray.
           A Prayer, Pádraig Ó Tuama

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 in St Martin’s House. Please enter St Martin’s House via the door off the courtyard. There is a buzzer labelled ‘Corridor’ you can use to gain entry.

Our latest study through which Ken Keith is assisting us to explore the theme of Reconciliation as it applies to various parts of our life will continue after the meditation session. To find out more visit: www.stjphnscathedral.com.au/whats-on 

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

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Peace,
Peter+

 

 

Sunday 19th September, 2021
The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me…

 
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and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For the time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
               The Peace of Wild Things, Wendell Berry

The Peace Lecture will be taking place in the Cathedral on Tuesday night.

This means that we will meet in the Darnell Room on Tuesday night for our meditation group, 6.45pm to 7.30pm. Please enter St Martin’s House via the door off the courtyard. There is a buzzer labelled ‘Corridor’ you can use to gain entry.

 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.

Our latest study through which Ken Keith is assisting us to explore the theme of Reconciliation as it applies to various parts of our life will continue after the meditation session. To find out more visit: www.stjphnscathedral.com.au/whats-on 

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

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Peace,

Peter+

 

 

Sunday 12th September, 2021
At Home in the Now

Will you seek afar off? You surely come back at last,
In things best known to you finding the best or as good as the best,
In folks nearest to you finding also the sweetest and strongest and lovingest…

 
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Happiness not in another place, but this place . . not for another hour, but this hour,
Man in the first you see or touch . . . . always in your friend or brother or nighest
neighbor . . . . Woman in your mother or lover or wife,
And all else thus far known giving place to men and women.

When the psalm sings instead of the singer,
When the script preaches instead of the preacher,
When the pulpit descends and goes instead of the carver that carved the supporting desk,
When the sacred vessels or the bits of the eucharist, or the lath and plast, procreate
as effectually as the young silversmiths or bakers, or the masons in their overalls,
When a university course convinces like a slumbering woman and child convince,
When the minted gold in the vault smiles like the nightwatchman’s daughter,
When warrantee deeds loafe in chairs opposite and are my friendly companions,
I intend to reach them my hand and make as much of them as I do of men and women.
                         Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

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.

Our latest study through which Ken Keith is assisting us to explore the theme of Reconciliation as it applies to various parts of our life will continue after the meditation session. To find out more visit: www.stjphnscathedral.com.au/whats-on 

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

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Peace,
Peter+

 

 

Sunday 5th September, 2021
Prayers made of Grass

Every day
….I see or hear
……..something
…………that more or less

 
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kills me
….with delight,
……..that leaves me
…………like a needle

in the haystack
….of light.
……..It was what I was born for –
…………to look, to listen,

to lose myself
….inside this soft world –
……..to instruct myself
…………over and over

in joy, 
….and acclamation.
……..Nor am I talking
…………about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
….the very extravagant –
……..but of the ordinary,
…………the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
….Oh, good scholar,
……..I say to myself,
…………how can you help

but grow wise
….with such teachings
……..as these –
…………the untrimmable light

of the world,
….the ocean’s shine,
……..the prayers that are made
…………out of grass?

Mary Oliver

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.

Our new study commences tomorrow night. Ken Keith will help us explore the theme of Reconciliation as it applies to various parts of our life. To find out more visit: www.stjphnscathedral.com.au/whats-on 

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

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Peace,
Peter+

 

 

Sunday 29th August, 2021
Stillness

We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us to see their own images and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even a fiercer life because of our silence.        
                        Y B Yeats

 

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How long will you find satisfaction in self love?
Though just a tiny butterfly, I am yet free,
To dance on a flower head while you remain shackled.
Khalilullah Khalili (Modern Afghani poet)

 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

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Peace,
Peter+

 

Sunday 22nd August, 2021
Self-Absorption

Oh’ Great Mountain, reaching far into the sky!…

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How long will you find satisfaction in self love?
Though just a tiny butterfly, I am yet free,
To dance on a flower head while you remain shackled.
Khalilullah Khalili (Modern Afghani poet)

 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

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Peace,
Peter+

 

Sunday 15th August, 2021
Lost

Stand still.
The trees ahead and bushes beside you…

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Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you. 
              Lost, David Wagoner

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

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Peace,
Peter+

 

Sunday 8th August, 2021

Silence has its own power, and silence can be a way of avoiding…

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I suppose the hope within any kind of practice of prayer of any tradition, is that any silence that we are holding is also being beheld. There’s something or someone or some way of that mystery we call God, that beholds us in the silence that we might be beholding for ourselves. — Pádraig Ó Tuama

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

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Peace,
Peter+

 

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

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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

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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:
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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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