I am James Nichol and I live in the city of Gloucester, England. My contemplative inquiry began in 2012. It is grounded in modern Druidry, though not wholly defined by it. I acknowledge the influence of other sources, especially the wider turn towards an eco-spirituality that meets our historical moment. The inquiry process itself is my core practice, from which others radiate out.
In this blog I include personal sharing, discursive writing, photographs, poetry and book reviews. Over my inquiry years, I have found an underlying peace and at-homeness at the heart of experience. Here, it is as if I am resourced by a timeless, unboundaried dimension from which I am not separate. I find myself guided towards a spirit of openness, an ethic of interdependence and a life of abundant simplicity.
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. 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/
EDITED SATURDAY, 31 DECEMBER 2022
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Yes – and very welcome to do so.
Just what we need. Thanks.
Thanks for your encouraging comment!
Very cool, thank you for getting this up and about. I am about to get my own research into Contemplative Paths and Approaches out and about; will be glad to link-up/connect. 😉 Peace \/
Great to hear from you Andreas. I would be interested to hear about your work.
Thank you. Will share as I go along and learn,,, still starting up I guess.
Your site is a wonderful resource and inspiration. I take contemplative note 🙂
As I have been, glad to know a fellow contemplative, and to have such company on a non-conventional path. Thanks for all you share, James.
Thanks for that comment Erin – a great affirmation of fellowship.
I shall definitely be looking for your book. (Maybe an Amazon link?) – love your blog so far! Thank you xx
I found it at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Contemplative-Druidry-People-Practice-Potential/dp/1500807206 🙂 Great stuff!
Thanks for your friendly comments Gary – and for putting up the link to the book.
Followed a link from FB to here. Read your “You Are Wild Now” post. Great stuff!
Thanks Michael 😊
Commenting so I can use the ‘new posts’ option … Nice stuff!
Thanks for following the blog!
Your book was an excellent read. Looking forward to future posts!
I found your blog while researching Rhiannon and the Three Birds. I seem to find treasures on the web “by accident” and I realize that it is really serendipity , with a touch of magic. I adore your posts!
Many thanks for your affirming comment. I have had similar experiences of the research process and they have helped me with the blog.
After finding a link to your blog on the OBOD website – I’m studying with them since 2016- I read your very first blogpost written here this afternoon and find it utterly relevant today. A timeless gift.
I hope to read a post from 2012 onwards every now and then, longing to gain insight in your path into contemplative inquiry (I only have read pieces of Arthur Zajonc’s Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry) and would like to subscribe to new posts if possible.
Hi Cath. Many thanks for your kind words about my blog. I believe you need a wordpress account of your own to follow a wordpress blog. But you can find me on contemplativeinquiry.blog through a search engine like Google. I also put up my posts on Facebook groups such as the OBOD members one and Contemplative Druidry. I hope this helps.
Hi Cath. Thanks for following my blog. I discovered this immediately after writing my previous and now irrelevant reply.
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“The ultimate acceptance that this is what is given” is exactly what I needed to hear today. I’ve discovered your blog through the FB OBOD group. I will certainly be following.
thanks very much for your work!
Hey, I’m glad to have discovered another writer that focuses on contemplative practices. Greetings from Chicago.
I write something similar here:
I’d love to connect.
I have subscribed to your newsletter, and will have space to be more proactive after the turn of the year.
Hey James! I am exploring the relationship between self-transformation and Druidry and your contributions have been extremely insightful in this regard. I would love to talk with you more if you find the time.
Thanks for your comment Austin. If you are willing, I can contact you in a month or so, when I have more free time.
Thank would be great, James. Thank you!
You are welcome, Austen.