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20 April 2007


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What good are cars?
  • Nasty polluting things
  • Get rid of your car and take public transport
  • If you can't manage to do that, buy a smaller car and drive it less often
  • So goes the advice from the environmentalists today and very sound it is too

  • So how can the car possibly be a spiritual resource? I was reminded of its possibilities by a remark made by Barbara Windle at a recent Woodbrooke conference for elders and overseers
  • She was talking about how she would use her twenty-minute drive to work every morning as a time for spiritual reflection
  • I have certainly had the experience that, on a journey I know well, cocooned from the outside noise and without the radio playing, the rhythmic motion and automatic engagement of hands and brain can free the mind and spirit to be elsewhere in a creative way
  • It is a little similar to being in the bath or swimming: body relaxed, no book or radio
  • Ideas, thoughts come, solutions to problems seemingly appear from nowhere

  • Susie Paskins & Michael Oppenheim

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    Robbie Spence, 24 April
    Re car-sharing, please see - National liftshare Day - June 14th 2007- Raising awareness of car sharing as a viable form of transport. Includes maps and information on car sharing, traffic and public transportation.


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