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Mags Blackie · 1w ago

To suffer through to joy

Occasionally when I read I stumble across a phrase which stops me in my tracks this is one of them: ‘The capacity to suffer through to joy’ It is profoundly resonant for me. We cannot avoid ...
Mags Blackie · 1W ago

The power of a question

Someone I am enjoying getting to know ended our last encounter by saying ‘Next time we meet, I’d like to know what you think about x’. I met her again recently and after we had caught up, sh...
Mags Blackie · 2W ago

Salt of the earth

There is a verse in Matthew’s gospel: ‘You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfo...
Mags Blackie · 3W ago

Receiving

I think when most people are on the receiving end of a gift or support we tend to respond as though gratitude and indebtedness are correlated. And most of us tend towards one end of the bina...
Mags Blackie · 3W ago

Slaying (domestic) dragons

I confess I am not good at getting home repairs done. There is no doubt the fact that I have 40 minute commute to work plays a significant role in this. I can’t just pop back home when the p...
Mags Blackie · 4W ago

Seeking to understand

I went to a talk recently that I found profoundly disturbing. When I say that I felt like my mind needed a ritual cleanse afterwards, I’m not exaggerating. What amuses me though is my respon...
Mags Blackie · 1M ago

Whale watching

Whale watching is really such a beautiful metaphor for the spiritual life. I spent a good part of the weekend gently watching Walker Bay. As I walked along the cliff paths; as I sat having b...
Mags Blackie · 1M ago

What if…

Let’s presume we accept the idea that most religious traditions are trying to uphold something which is quite beautiful, inspiring and potentially truly transformative. Certainly as I pause ...
Mags Blackie · 1M ago

The power of the persistent drip

Take a moment and image yourself pushing your hand through water. It doesn’t take much effort and the water yields. That image seems a little incongruous with the image of stalactites and st...
Mags Blackie · 1M ago

There is a peace…

Jim Finley speaks of ‘a peace that can be found that does not depend on the conditions of peace.’ It is an interior condition which doesn’t require external circumstances to look like anythi...