Stopping to notice small things, allowing all our senses to come into play, reminds us of all the blessings that are around us all the time. The news on the television may be overwhelming and we may have worries and stresses enough of our own. Yet just taking a moment to notice the Autumn colours, savouring the food we eat or relishing the delights of a lie-in, are ways of connecting with the here and now, with the simple things that are around us. They are ways of replenishing and feeding the soul. This week I put in the winter flowering plants into pots. It felt so great to feel the soil on my hands. I look forward to seeing the plants grow and the flowers appear. It is fascinating to me that even in the harshest of winters somehow the winter pansies and violas survive, poking their heads out from beneath the snow.
Our Wellbeing team has a series of different events lined up over the next few months, aimed at improving the quality of our lives in simple ways. The Bramble Ramble was a good introduction to learning to look after ourselves better, using what’s around us. A lovely walk, good company and a bag full of blackberries, freshly picked, are excellent ingredients for a sense of wellbeing. Over the next couple of months, the team will be offering workshops on mental health and on alcohol awareness. These will be useful for looking after ourselves and also supporting those we care about who might need support at times. Looking after our mind, body and spirit is all part of wholeness and holiness. What might you do this week that will give you a moment of simple delight? God is present even in the small pleasures of life.