To those of you who have been aware that at the end of July I suddenly experienced acute neck pain, a quick update and some BIG APPRECIATIONS. If you prayed for me, thank you. There were many other practical things that contributed to my recovery physically but I do not think any of us fully... Continue Reading →
Mindfulness – helpful practise or misleading fad?
I've been exploring the whole idea of 'mindfulness' in more depth recently. There have been two books that have helped me with this Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality by Tim Stead, who is an Anglican priest and Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Williams and Penman. This last one is described as a "life changing... Continue Reading →
“Cure: a journey into the science of Mind over Body” Jo Marchant – Book Review
This is an absolutely fascinating read. Written by a scientist, it explores the research into ways our minds influence our physical well-being, our tolerance of pain and our immunity. The first chapter is all about the placebo effect. So far so good, most of us have heard of this and feel slightly self-conscious about the truth... Continue Reading →
It’s so much easier to be in control…
I'm reading a book about a woman through whom God does amazing things. This is very challenging to me as my petty ego says to me 'how come God doesn't do amazing things through you?' (please don't anyone answer that with reassuring platitudes about me being amazing, I get that I'm 'amazing' in the normal... Continue Reading →
Taking Back Our Mental Health, Taking Back Our Culture
Sharing here some very thoughtful reflections on the rise of mental health issues in our society: Taking Back Our Mental Health, Taking Back Our Culture.
God isn’t always comforting (and why that isn’t a bad thing)
The blog post below was written in early March 2014 . It was the start of Lent and I'd been ill for a month. Little did I know then but I'd still be ill for another month. In early April I went back to work. By mid April (just before Holy Week) I went back... Continue Reading →