fbpx
NICKY TEMPLE | Spiritual Director

Ponderings

Latest Post

A New Year “let it be”.

A New Year “let it be”.

"Then let yourself be lost.Let yourself leave for a place whose contours you do not already know..." After the Christmas break, I’ve started spending time with my Directee’s again. Some have reflected on the past year telling stories of suffering and difficulty,...

read more
A New Year “let it be”.

A New Year “let it be”.

"Then let yourself be lost.Let yourself leave for a place whose contours you do not already know..." After the Christmas break, I’ve started spending time with my Directee’s again. Some have reflected on the past year telling stories of suffering and difficulty,...

read more
The Glory of God in Us

The Glory of God in Us

...billions of points of light coming together in the face and blaze of a sun...One of my directees was asking me about God within and our true self this week. In response I once again call on Richard Rohr as he has written extensively on this topic. He talks of the...

read more
Broken Open

Broken Open

What do we do when we feel broken open?Do you ever feel as if your heart and life have been broken open? You feel tattered, torn, beaten and bruised. The feeling is familiar, you’ve been here before and yet it’s also new because this is the first time you’ve stood...

read more
Stages of Spiritual Development

Stages of Spiritual Development

To know oneself in God and to know God in oneself This blog came into my inbox as one of Fr. Richard Rohr's Daily Meditations . I thought it was a really clear summary of what spiritual development can look like for us. Enjoy...  1. My body and self-image are who I...

read more
What is God’s will for my life?

What is God’s will for my life?

We can trust the love of God for us, we can trust the path we’re on and where it’s leading It’s not uncommon for people to struggle to understand and grasp the will of God for their lives. It’s also a subject that often comes up in Spiritual Direction, so I have...

read more
From death to life: an autumn reflection

From death to life: an autumn reflection

Every time we choose to die we also choose lifeDuring the last few weeks I’ve been watching summer slowly give way to autumn. Now as I walk crunchy leaves gather underfoot as they fall one by one around me. The bright hues of summer have given way to natural, muted...

read more
Patient Trust

Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God. Patience has never been my strong point. I can lose it easily and get irritable when things aren’t going as I had planned. Although I’m getting better it is slow, steady work. This isn’t surprising given that the work of God...

read more
As the season changes

As the season changes

As summer gives way to autumn what am I being invited to surrender? There’s a walk I do regularly that takes me past an ancient Beech Tree. Although this may seem strange to some, this beautiful, old, wise tree has become a friend. I say hello to her whenever I pass...

read more
Developing a Rule of Life

Developing a Rule of Life

"A rule of life invites a rhythm into our days, weeks, months and years”  A friend and I were talking the other day about how we have a tendency to push through life, as if we’re walking through it in a strong wind having to lean forward to stay upright. This...

read more
Guest blog: The Calling by Mirabai Starr

Guest blog: The Calling by Mirabai Starr

Be brave, and walk through the country of your own wild heart  This blog comes to you from Laura Lies, a wonderful Spirtual Director based in Oswego USA. For more on her and what she offers, please visit Streams of Grace This poem called The Calling is inspired...

read more
Why bother with meditation?

Why bother with meditation?

"God yearns that we might awaken to that eternal oneness with God that Christ reveals and proclaims”.  With help from the book Christian Meditation by James Finley It may be difficult to understand how sitting in silence and allowing thoughts to pass through us...

read more
Seeds of permission

Seeds of permission

Accepted and loved as you are  We can be really hard on ourselves, often much tougher than we are on others. We normally find it easy to be compassionate towards those that are suffering and those that have made mistakes. We reach outwards with love and kindness...

read more

Receive Nicky’s Ponderings
directly in your inbox