Lancashire Methodist District

WEEKLY MEDITATION


Christian meditation
Meditation may deepen one's experience of the presence of God, enhance self-awareness, and reduce stress and anxiety, valuable during this time of isolation.

Join a half-hour Zoom 'guided meditation' session, led by Peter Lumsden (Local Preacher in the Clitheroe Circuit), every Monday evening at 7.00 pm.

The sessions follow a pattern of 15 minutes of spiritual reflection, combined with a focus on breathing, leading into a period of about 15 minutes of silence.

Contact Peter Lumsden: pjlumsden58@gmail.com


Monday 16th May 2022

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Anxiety is very different to fear; fear is the certainty that something bad is happening to you. Anxiety is about uncertainty; it’s the feeling that something bad could happen, but might not (and 99% of the time, it doesn't).

Rather than trying to avoid anxiety - which can lead to real disorders (such as not leaving the house) - see it instead as something helpful, motivating you to address the issue about which you are anxious.

Many professionals suggest five ways to wellbeing: Being connected; Being active; Being thankful; Learning new things; Being aware.

Use some of the 5 ways to help with the feelings of anxiety - exercise; being aware - be your own observer; connecting with nature / other people.

Unlike fear, anxiety contains HOPE. Hope is there too in Sunday's lectionary reading from Revelation - a new heaven, and a new earth - transformed, here, where we are, and where God is.

Picture: the paradise garden at RHS Bridgewater
Music: Salt of the Sound, For this moment

Please note - NO meditation session next week


Shalom

Peter