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Nature: A Mixing Bowl Blog
9th July 2020

Today’s theme is nature, but in writing I’m also mindful of the themes of our last few Mixing Bowl blogs: dance, connection, and gratitude. During lockdown, nature has been one of the things I have been most grateful for. Walks, listening to the birds, watching the trees wave in the breeze, observing the changing seasons […]

Dance: A Mixing Bowl Blog
23rd June 2020

This blog is an ode to dance. It’s a bit of a weird time to be writing a blog about dance, theatres and clubs are closed, parties and weddings have been cancelled. The amount of dancing being done right now must be at its lowest in decades. I’m also not really the ideal person to […]

Connections: A Mixing Bowl Blog
9th June 2020

“Do you know why we have the sunflowers? It’s not because Vincent van Gogh suffered. It’s because Vincent van Gogh had a brother who loved him. Through all the pain, he had a tether, a connection to the world. And that is the focus of the story we need – connection.” Hannah Gadsby Having a […]

Gratitude: a Mixing Bowl Blog
2nd June 2020

I’m involved in leading mindfulness sessions at the Northumbria University. At the moment the sessions don’t include gratitude exercises, but I’m working on it because research does keep showing up strong correlations between practices cultivating conscious gratitude and good mental health outcomes. Indicators of happiness tend to improve and incidence of and severity of depression […]

Creation Story: Mixing Bowl Blog Week 9
12th May 2020

In thinking about creation in Genesis, we now jump over a bit. We’re going to focus on the second story of creation which puts Adam and Eve and the garden of Eden at the centre. This is a separate story with details that don’t really harmonise with the narrative of chapter 1 to 2:3. So […]

Creation Story: Mixing Bowl Blog Week 8
5th May 2020

And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.’ And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of […]

Creation Story: Mixing Bowl Blog Week 7
28th April 2020

20 And God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.’ 21 So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw […]

Creation Story: Mixing Bowl Blog Week 6
21st April 2020

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 And God made the two […]

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