“Love bade me welcomeBut my soul drew back...” So begins one of George Herbert’s great poems, called “Love (III)”. Although Herbert is not very well known as a poet, he writes with a powerful simplicity. He understands love, suffering and inner struggles. Many of his lines have inspired me. This is how his poem "The … Continue reading A Year of Inspirers (9) – Celebrating George Herbert
For me, T.S.Eliot is the writer of time, of love, of spirituality, and of "the desert". He writes about the spiritual desert -"The Waste Land" - as he calls it in one of his most influential early works. Lines from "Choruses from The Rock" These lines were inspired by his poetry: Movements of Time I. … Continue reading A Year of Inspirers 2021 (1) – love and illumination, and the desert – T.S.Eliot
Hopkins was so sensitive to the beauty of nature, he prized the “wildness” and “wilderness” of life on our earth: “What would the world be, once bereft Of wet and wildness? Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet; Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.” (From ‘Inversnaid' https://www.bartleby.com/122/33.html) On … Continue reading A Year of Inspirers (13) – “Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet”, and the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins
William Wordsworth inspired me with words about beauty and transcendence... It is a beauteous Evening, calm and free; The holy time is quiet as a Nun Breathless with adoration; the broad sun Is sinking down in its tranquillity; The gentleness of heaven is on the Sea: Listen! the mighty Being is awake, And doth with … Continue reading A Year of Inspirers (4) – William Wordsworth
There is ethics, there is philosophy, there is psychology, there is religion...and then there is spirituality! What is spirituality, then? To start with, I wouldn’t want to be too specific about spirituality. I think that would be a mistake. Perhaps one way of thinking about spirituality is as a series of overlapping circles, but … Continue reading Spiritual Reflection: What is Spirituality?