Opening Up

“It is exhausting, all this opening up.”  Nitya Prakash The other day I caught myself yearning for the early days of lockdown last year. I wondered what this was about. Surely it is much better that we are getting to see our friends, families and even hug some people. My mind went to the story of …

Women’s Retreat – 24th July

Finding your flow: a women’s retreat morning Join LMM and Touchstone for a retreat morning on the theme of ‘finding your flow’. After a difficult year we all need some space for self care and self reflection. Book your place here. The theme ‘finding your flow’ invites you to reconnect after a year of grief, …

Movement workshop

Two students, Imogen and Faye, of the Northern School of Contemporary dance are running some movement workshops with us. They will be looking at power and creativity using movement and mindfulness. No prior experience required. We are offering workshops on three dates in July: 11th, 17th and 18th. They will all run in the afternoon …

Embroidering the truth

“I would spread the cloths under your feet:But I, being poor, have only my dreams;I have spread my dreams under your feet;Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” W B Yeats Take a look at the first picture. What do you see in it?  If you look closer, what detail is there? This is …

Active Hope

“Act Upon Hope” Commoners Choir So, we’re all starting to feel a bit more hopeful, but what does this look like? Is it just wishful thinking, or is it something more solid than that? Take a look at the first image. This is part of my process work towards my upcoming exhibition ‘Then I’ll Begin’. …

Getting There

“’I can’t see the way through,’ said the boy. ’Can you see your next step?’ ‘Yes’ ‘Just take that’ said the horse” Charlie Mackesy I recently had a vivid dream. In it, I was trying to get to a mountain top. I often have dreams in which I am trying to get somewhere, mainly by …

Letting go: mindfulness pillar 7

Each month we explore a different attitude of mindfulness with Tim of Blackbird Mindfulness. This month he teaches us and takes us through a practice of ‘Letting go’. He encourages us to let go of memories, judgements, thoughts and emotions during a mindfulness practice. To recognise them and then let those things go. https://soundcloud.com/leedsmethodistmission/letting-go Here …

Empty Hands

“The heart regulates the hands.” 2 Corinthians 8 Ok, I admit it, I’m exhausted. A year of this, even though there may be a little glimmer of hope now, has taken its toll. And talking to friends, family and work colleagues, I’m not the only one. We are keeping going, we know we do not …

Inside Out Outside In

Take a look at the first picture. This is a piece called Square Peg Round Hole and Round Peg Square Hole by Liverpool based artist Brian Jones. A couple of years ago I seriously considered joining the clergy. Having got as far as a talk with the bishop, I realised that if I were to …