Throughout this academic year, Crockerton School has been exploring what we mean by Spirituality.
We wonder if it is hard to define but easy to feel?
Is it the quality of being concerned with the human spirit and soul?
As is so often the case, children seem to grasp these big concepts more naturally than an older and possibly less open mind, such as my own, so I share with you the words that our pupils have connected to what it means to be spiritual.
Peaceful and Proud
Relaxing and helpful
Tiring and Trusting
Understanding and Unstressful (to coin a new word)
All-included, Awesome, Always smiling, Awe
Love, Light, Loving God, Letting others help, Learning
Maybe it is important to consider when we last took time to be concerned with our human spirit and soul?
When was the last time we leaned against a tree and let it support us;
felt connected to the earth;
felt its roots spread beneath the ground,
connected to all other trees;
smelled the air in a forest?
Reverend Pauline, of Cley Hill Benefice, once told me about ‘thin places’ where we feel connected to something ‘beyond’. I feel blessed that our school seems to have been built upon such a place.
Do we know where our ‘thin places’ might be?
And, if so, how often do we notice or take time to appreciate them?
Maybe we will be able to take some time today, or in the coming days as we adjust to changing working patterns.