About Margaret Silf

Margaret is passionate about making Christian spirituality, and especially Ignatian spirituality, accessible to people with no theological background.

She travels widely as a speaker and retreat director.

Please follow the link below for information about Margaret and her ministry:
http://www.loyolapress.com/authors/margaret-silf

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Introduction to the Video Series by Margaret Silf

"Landscapes of the Soul"

Welcome to this series of reflections, inviting you to explore some of the landscapes of your soul. This is not such a mystery as it may seem, because these meditations will be grounded in some of the very familiar natural or everyday spaces that we encounter continually. Can such ordinary places be holy ground? Many of us may have grown up assuming that the holy is only to be encountered in the ‘official’ locations of church, chapel or cathedral. Yet Jesus is frequently to be found meeting with ordinary people in their everyday locations and situations.

 

You will benefit most from these meditative exercises if you spend a few minutes each time preparing yourself by simply relaxing and coming to inner stillness, in a quiet place where you feel comfortable, yet alert. Prayer is always a gift of grace, so you might wish to begin by acknowledging this, and asking God for the grace to be open to receive this gift. As you enter into prayer, let yourself sink into a gentle awareness of being held by the One who is closer to you than you are to yourself. To help with this, try focusing, for example, on your breathing, letting go of your anxieties with each outgoing breath, and breathing in the love of God as you inhale.

 

Each of the reflections will take you to a particular place in your experience, and encourage you to connect to the holy mystery in ways that may both challenge and console you. Try to be open to whatever the Holy Spirit is wanting to reveal to your heart. The flow of the meditation will guide you by offering pointers for reflection, and guidance on where you might wish to pause and take these thoughts into prayer. Simply follow the guidance in the video, pausing it at any point where you feel you need to stay in the silence. If you are making the reflection in a group with others, be aware of each other’s need for quiet. A group meditation can be an opportunity for a special kind of gathered stillness.

 

Your reflections need not end when the video finishes. You may find it very fruitful to deepen your meditation, noting any points that especially moved you, either positively or negatively, and then pondering where the action of the Spirit is leading you. You may find that you can do this best using words, for example by journaling, or by using images, for example, mandalas, that take you deeper than your conscious thoughts. If you have been making a group meditation, you might wish to take time to share with each other how the meditation has been for you, as far as each of you feels comfortable. It must be made clear that any such sharing must remain completely confidential, and each contribution should be received and listened to with loving respect and without any interruptions or interventions.

 

In all your reflections, remember that everything that you may receive through your reflective practice is a gift of grace. You might wish to end your meditation time by expressing your thanks to God for this gift, as you gently return to your everyday world.

Every blessing upon all your reflections and everything that may arise from them.

 

Margaret Silf, July 2017