Helping People Lead Peaceful Lives   

Activities & Practices

Mark Townsend

A very modern priest - a magician, and a former Church of England vicar! Check out his website.

Website: http://www.marktownsendministry.co.uk/

Sacred Life

Janet Blakemore an Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Counsellor created the Sacred Life website especially for people who aren’t religious in the traditional sense but want to live a conscious, spiritual life and to mark our most significant moments with depth, connection and heart.

Website: www.SacredLife.co.uk

Free Hugs Campaign

Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives. In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal. As this symbol of human hope spread across the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring. In the Spirit of the free hugs campaign, PASS THIS TO A FRIEND and HUG A STRANGER!

Website: www.FreeHugsCampaign.org

The London Spirituality Network (Unitarians)

Spirituality without conformity for people of all perspectives. There is no single spiritual path or style that is right for everyone. Our diverse workshops and retreats draw upon the world's many great religious, philosophical, and artistic traditions and upon the transformative power of community and friendship to help you find the way that is right for you.

Website: www.ukspirituality.org

Closing your eyes

Closing your eyes when it is safe to do so and just ‘be’ for example when you are going up escalators on the London Underground – it transforms a hectic experience into a peaceful one!


Sitting in silence

Turning off the television and sitting in silence and praying or meditating or doing yoga.


Retreats

A great way of getting away from the everyday and into a spiritual space.

Take time to find the right retreat for you by reading this very helpful guide - The Good Retreat Guide

In the Good Retreat Guide Web Edition you will find dozens of places to find peace and spiritual renewal in England, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain, and Italy. You can also read about going on a retreat, about different kinds of spiritual practices, how to meditate, and much more.


Prayer, Does IT Make A Difference? by Philip Yancey, Hodder…

’When a doctoral student at Princeton asked, ‘What is there left in the world for original dissertation research?’ Albert Einstein replied, ‘Find out about prayer. Somebody must find out about prayer’.


Christian spirituality - The following are taken from the life4seekers Catholic website

Website: www.life4seekers.co.uk

Franciscan spirituality (after St Francis of Assisi)

St Francis lived in the twelfth century and chose to live without material things (in poverty). He is most famed for his love of nature and all God's creatures. Monks, following in his tradition, often live their life with the poor, striving to live a simple life of prayer and in service of those in need.


Dominican spirituality (after St Dominic)

Central to St Dominic's life (also of the twelfth century) was his calling to teach others about the message of Jesus Christ. He spent his life travelling, teaching, preaching and praying. His followers today spend their lives striving to share their faith where they live and work.


Jesuit or Ignatian spirituality (inspired by St Ignatius Loyola, 16th Century)

Central to the spirituality of the Jesuits is that God can be found in all things in the present moment. Their prayer is expressed through action – their members have become astronomers, botanists, anthropologists, economists and even musicians. Ignatius of Loyola distilled his own religious experience into guidelines for spiritual growth where ‘spiritual’ takes on the sense of being looking inside one’s self and is a personal experience rather than referring to the externally-focussed observations of conventional religion.

There are other schools of spirituality such as Carmelite and Benedictine.


Rezurgence – Extreme sport from a Christian perspective.

Rezurgence set up www.rezurgence.com purely as a rider run website that offers quality, positivity and the latest information for mountain bike and BMX riders. “We wanted to bring a new dimension to a sport that we live, eat and breath – a faith element with no hidden agenda”.

Website: www.rezurgence.com

Meditation

In ‘How to Practice’ His Holiness the Dalai Lama ‘draws on a long tradition of spiritual practice in Tibet and on his own experience to offer suggestions on how to practice a spiritual path that will lead to mental clarity and emotional transformation. In this way he shows how life can be made meaningful’ From the Foreword written by Jeffery Hopkins PHD.


Sacred Space

Daily Prayer Online - We invite you to make a 'Sacred Space' in your day, and spend ten minutes, praying here and now, as you sit at your computer, with the help of on-screen guidance and scripture chosen specially every day.

Website: www.sacredspace.ie

Islamic spirituality

There are many websites devoted to this – do look for yourself.


Spititual nourishment

Two reports by the Mental Health Foundation argue that spirituality can help people deal with periods of mental illness, but is often overlooked by staff working in mental health services.

Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk