Recently I have been reflecting on the contrast between light and darkness. At this time of year when in our northern hemisphere the days are getting shorter it focuses my awareness on light or the lack of it. This interaction of light and darkness is present right from the beginning of the Bible. In the … Continue reading Light and Darkness
It’s when we face for a moment the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know the taint in our own selves, that awe cracks the mind’s shell and enters the heart: not to a flower, not to a dolphin, to no innocent form but to this creature vainly sure it and no other … Continue reading On the mystery of the incarnation.
Running to the window, he opened it, and put out his head. No fog, no mist; clear, bright, jovial, stirring, cold; cold, piping for the blood to dance to; Golden sunlight; Heavenly sky; sweet fresh air; merry bells. Oh, glorious! Glorious! “What’s to-day!” cried Scrooge, calling downward to a boy in Sunday clothes, who perhaps … Continue reading A Christmas Carol
After so long an absence At last we meet again: Does the meeting give us pleasure, Or does it give us pain? The tree of life has been shaken, And but few of us linger now, Like the Prophet’s two or three berries In the top of the uttermost bough. We cordially greet each other … Continue reading The Meeting
Just imagine you have been made homeless and the best you can find is a canvas shelter for you and your family: something typically which is only going to last around six months, that is not so easy to assemble and which very easily gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The … Continue reading New Improved Refugee Shelter
There probably were some positive experiences you have had recently. Just small things really. Like the delight of bumping into a friend at the supermarket, a warm glow felt when someone shows you some consideration, or the delight you felt in observing your small grandchildren playing. But when bad things also happen, how easy it … Continue reading Positive awareness – How to find it?
Do you have meaningful social connections so that you get pleasure from spending time with people? How satisfied are you with your life as a whole? The How’s Life? report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is concerned with 11 aspects of well-being including social connection and life satisfaction across 36 countries. … Continue reading How is life for you?
Two major areas of public concern in Britain are executive pay and corporate tax avoidance. The first of these sometimes relates to high bonuses paid to managers who may be following bad business ethics. One example of this relates to mis-selling of financial products. Often bank customers do not need insurance and other financial products … Continue reading Business ethics: How to judge the boss?
I know a lot about the complexity of a tree; its biology, evolutionary position and physical make up. Everything that science is saying about trees is true but where is the logic that says “since I know a lot about a tree, I know everything about that thing?” Another entertaining video from offTheLeftEye
Who doesn’t wonder whether happiness that lasts is ever possible and if so what does one have to do to bring it about? Will this need to involve some form of spiritual awakening and if so how do you discover it? Spiritual awakening and contemporary culture Much of materialist science has it that we are … Continue reading Spiritual awakening – How to discover it?