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Journeying with Dayspring

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My experience of doing the Dayspring training in Spiritual Direction When initially I read an outline of the Dayspring Course in Spiritual Direction, I found it to be a clearly worded document, interesting, informative, inviting, and I thought that the course seemed likely to meet my need to know how to mentor more efficiently! Also, [...]

The Oblate Life

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Book Review “What’s dad reading?  It looks weird – something to do with oblates. Is he is reading about the occult?” No, but I am reading something from the Dayspring library again, and I’d better start by telling you what an oblate is, or you might be like my children and think it is something [...]

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Today at Dayspring, I was welcomed, gathered, drawn in, nurtured and taught. From any perspective, a pretty singular experience. What made this open retreat workshop with Jane Vennard such a gracious experience for me was its focus, its seamless mix of tender exploration and shaped reflection and its opportunities to speak again with valued colleagues [...]

A Spiritual Coffee Break

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My second office is a coffee shop! I love to drink coffee and chat about the things which really matter in life. It is not the coffee which really matters, but the talk about the soul and the sharing of the passion to live life truly and fully for God in this complex and often [...]

Lady Labyrinth

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Recently I was on a workshop weekend at Nathanael’s Rest, as part of my training in Spiritual Direction, and had the blessing of walking the garden labyrinth, which I have named Lady Labyrinth. It was a treat to wander among the colours and fragrances of God’s creation. Every now and then a scent would waft [...]

Two Labyrinths

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I walked along a labyrinth. Slowly, mindfully. I walked on grass. The grass was dry under my feet, browning a little. I remembered the irrigation was broken, and noted the surrounding garden was sparse. I reflected on the dry patches of my life when inner growth was slow, and the yearning for cool springs of [...]

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Journaling takes discipline and this has not been easy. It has helped me pay attention to God, I have seen spiritual meaning in my experiences and connections over periods of time. Previously they were just thoughts, feelings and verbal or unspoken prayers but by writing them I have had an increased self-awareness and ownership of [...]

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