How much do you live in the past, longing for what was, lost values – the good old days? Or worrying about the future, family breakdown, social media, divergence between rich and poor, plundering the planet, pensions?
Yet the only time we have is this present moment, a precious gift. Do we want to waste it being miserable, complaining, criticising, blaming – or rejoicing in all the good gifts and blessings bestowed on us moment by moment in this wonderful world created for us? Whatever is happening to us, every moment can seem dire or delightful depending on our attitude. How do we deal with the pressures that draw us down here and now, so that we can truly experience the joy of the present moment?
Mary Duckworth loves both circle dancing and what keeps us still in God’s presence, both of which have been a basic part of her life over many years. It is a delight for her to bring these loves together this weekend. Having been born in Lancashire and lived most of her married life in London, she is back in her beloved home country, near Pendle Hill. She leads a sacred dance group in Accrington and meditates with a Christian Meditation Group at Whalley Abbey. Her spiritual life is founded on the Bible and Swedenborgian teaching. She believes in God’s love and truth for all people.
Bruce spent the first part of his working life as a primary school teacher, specialising in music and becoming a deputy head teacher. A mid-life change of career led to ordination into the New Church ministry. He is now retired from full-time service but continues to be active in various spheres. He has a wide interest in theology, and a deep love for what has been revealed through Emanuel Swedenborg’s writings. He continues to use his love of music in his work.