I am James Nichol and I live in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. I began Contemplative Inquiry in August 2012 as part of a project within modern British Druidry. My book, Contemplative Druidry: People, Practice and Potential, was published in 2014. It includes a foreword, Deep Peace of the Quiet Earth, by Philip Carr-Gomm, at that time Chosen Chief of OBOD (https://www.druidry.org). There are major contributions in the main text from 14 other Druids offering diverse perspectives on the topic: https://www.amazon.co.uk/contemplative-druidry-people-practice-potential/dp/1500807206/
Contemplative Inquiry includes personal sharing, discursive writing, poetry and book reviews. It reaches beyond Druidry into a wider exploration of contemplative spiritualities, drawing on the enduring wisdom of many times and places. Over time, I have found an ‘at-homeness’ in the present moment, which nourishes and illuminates my life. It is not dependent on belief or circumstance, but on the ultimate acceptance that this is what is given.
I find that this perspective supports a spirit of openness, an ethic of interdependence and a life of abundant simplicity. My practice seems to have its own evolving trajectory, whilst drawing on to two spiritual families as active points of reference – OBOD Druidry (https://www.druidry.org) and the Eckhart Tolle Community – https://eckharttolle.com/ .
REVISED AND EDITED SUNDAY 18 JULY 2021