I am James Nichol and I live in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. The Contemplative Inquiry blog started in August 2012, and includes personal sharing, discursive writing, poetry and book reviews. I began my contemplative inquiry within modern British Druidry and my book, Contemplative Druidry: People, Practice and Potential, was published in 2014. https://www.amazon.co.uk/contemplative-druidry-people-practice-potential/dp/1500807206/
My inquiry soon broadened into a wider exploration of contemplative spiritualities, drawing on the enduring wisdom of many times and places. Over time, I discovered an ‘at-homeness’ in the flowing moment, which nourishes and illuminates my life. Such at-homeness is not dependent on belief or circumstance, but on the ultimate acceptance that this is what is given. I have found that, for me, the realisation of this at-homeness has supported a spirit of openness, an ethic of interdependence and a life of abundant simplicity.
I think of my path now as a modern, re-enchanted eco-spirituality, receptive to ancient wisdom and contemplative in emphasis. It is the sense of fundamental at-homeness in this world and life, rather than any culture of belief, that sustains me.
REVISED AND EDITED FRIDAY 11 DECEMBER 2020