Thursday, November 29, 2007

feeding the stove-animal


At the weekend I hosted our latest mayBe retreat at Old Walls in South Devon with Ali, Cara, Debs, Emma, Gail and John. Lots of practise of contemplative prayer - plus much laughter, creative stuff and walks. We arrived on a freezing Friday and kept feeding the stove-animal* all weekend [*thanks to Jane Kenyon 1947-1995 for that image from her poem 'two days alone']. One interesting strand that emerged was how tough it is for people who are naturally prone to constant activity to slow themselves. We think that attention to breathing can play a big part in this - and next retreat we are going to put in a session on breathing right at the start. The pic is Cara doing some creative stuff.

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