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 OBOD (the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids) – http://www.druidry.org/. My book, Contemplative Druidry: People, Practice and Potential, was published in 2014 with a foreword Deep Peace of the Quiet Earth: The Nature Mysticism of Druidry by Philip Carr-Gomm, who leads the Order.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/contemplative-druidry-people-practice-potential/dp/1500807206/

Over time my inquiry, and with it this blog, has morphed into an open process, no longer tied to any specific tradition. This feels like a natural development, since the culture of OBOD is one that encourages links with other paths. The blog in particular has become a wider celebration of contemplative spirituality, where ‘contemplative’ points to practices that train attentiveness, open spaces for wonder, and provide opportunities to reflect. Not everything can or should be captured in words. Yet much can be usefully articulated and shared and, for me, sharing is itself a valuable practice.