morning bell: stay with us

 

As we continue in Eastertide Morning Bell is working with one of the most mysterious stories of the resurrection – the story of the unrecognised stranger on the road to Emmaus. A pivotal moment comes when the two disciples urge the stranger to ‘stay with us’.  Perhaps each day’s morning bell is an opportunity for us to do the same…

morning bell: stay with us
morning bell: stay with us

If you want to explore the Gospel account more closely go to Luke 24. The photographs were all taken by Ian this spring in Plymouth.

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Peace to you this Eastertide…

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beloved life practices 24: find your deep flow

 

REFLECTION: ‘There is no other in the cosmos quite like you, and your exact likeness will not be here again. So imagine for a moment the impact you want to have for good on the world. Why are you here, in this place, at this time? We are each privileged and burdened with the unique reality of our own lives. But it’s easy to lose our bearings, our focus and our sense of the direction of our own possibility. Sometimes we need a compass to bring us back on course…’

beloved life: find your deep flow
beloved life: find your deep flow

PRACTICE: ‘Gail Adams is a life coach and mentor, running the See:Change project. Some of her insightful work is around developing metaphors and ideas to help us locate this sense of our own calling – to get in touch with the person we each know we need to be, bringing good to the world. She calls this quest our Deep Flow. One way to Find Your Deep Flow is to reflect on the moments, times or seasons when you have felt that you were truly being yourself in who you have been, and in what you have been doing… ‘

©Ian Adams 2013 ‘Running Over Rocks: spiritual practices to transform tough times’ (Canterbury Press)

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morning bell: the resurrection with Mary Magdalene

 

This Easter week Morning Bell engages with the resurrection through a series of simple meditations on elements of the resurrection story described in John’s Gospel as experienced by Mary Magdalene. You might like to imagine yourself in Mary’s place: ‘what would this experience have been like for her?’ And then ask the question that we often return to in Morning Bell: ‘how might this shape the way that I seek to live today?’

morning bell: the resurrection with Mary Magdalene
morning bell: the resurrection with Mary Magdalene

The images are from a glass wall in ‘Horizon’, the home of Peter & Christine Milton.

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Peace be with you this Easter week…

 

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beloved life practices 23: be curious

 

REFLECTION: ‘Who are your gurus? Your wise men and wise women? Your wisdom teachers? The good news is that, when we realize that we have such companions, whatever the question or dilemma we face, we don’t have to make up the answer. We just have to be open to the collective wisdom of earth, creatures, people and the divine – ready for the wisdom that is ready for you. We call this practice Be Curious. We need to cultivate a curious way of life. And however young or old we are, and however experienced or inexperienced we might be, it’s vital to keep on learning. We need to become adept at sensing and receiving the wisdom which is offering itself to us…’

beloved life: be curious
beloved life: be curious

PRACTICE: ‘Here’s a practice of Be Curious that draws on the wisdom of the famous Israelite king Solomon, as offered to the world in an ancient book attributed to him and found in the Jewish scriptures. The wisdom of the Book of Proverbs is earthy and spiritual, detailed and epic, surprising and disturbing. There are 31 chapters in the wisdom book of Proverbs, so it’s straightforward enough to work with the chapter with the same number as the date in the month. Slowly read the chapter, being alert to its wisdom for you, and let it do its work on you…’

©Ian Adams 2013 ‘Running Over Rocks: spiritual practices to transform tough times’ (Canterbury Press)

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beloved life practices 22: welcome today

 

REFLECTION: ‘A significant upward step on the ascent from our falls between life’s rocks is the realization that every new day already carries with it all that we need. Perhaps even all that we desire. From early morning until late night, it’s all here waiting for you. It just needs your attention, your love, your presence. The practice of Welcome Today builds on our attention to the moment by seeing each new day as full of possibility – and seeing the arc of the whole day as being a particular gift…’

beloved life: welcome today
beloved life: welcome today

PRACTICE: ‘This stance of Welcome Today is about receiving each day as being full of possibility. One way into this stance is to create a simple ritual that you can repeat each morning, a conscious statement of your intention to welcome the gift of today…’

©Ian Adams 2013 ‘Running Over Rocks: spiritual practices to transform tough times’ (Canterbury Press)

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morning bell: stations of the cross 2014

 

As we enter Passiontide and Holy Week morning bell offers a simple Stations of the Cross meditation each day, drawing on the experience of Jesus in the final days and hours of his life. The photographs were all taken by Ian in the Inner Hebrides.

morning bell - stations of the cross 2014
morning bell – stations of the cross 2014

One possible way to work with the daily station is to begin by meditating on the experience from Jesus’ perspective. What was this moment like for him? A second step could then be to ask yourself ‘how might this shape the way that I try to live today?’

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Grace and peace to you this Passiontide and Holy Week…

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beloved life practices 21: discover your thankfulness

 

REFLECTION: ‘Thankfulness is part of our natural state of being. It’s waiting within us, longing to surface. But the demands of life can suppress our thankfulness, constrict it, even flatten it. So we may need to (re)discover our thankfulness, release it and nurture it. We need to discover how to become thankful people again!

 

beloved life: discover your thankfulness
beloved life: discover your thankfulness

PRACTICE: The practice of the Examen is at the heart of a particular strand of the ancient and unfolding Jesus tradition, Ignatian spirituality. A series of both demanding and freeing practices have emerged from the life and work of St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), founder of the Jesuits (the Society of Jesus). The daily Examen is a key element of the Ignatian path, a prayerful reflection of the past day’s events and the possibilities of the day to come. This week’s daily posts will include elements from our own take on the Examen. And however the day has gone, there will almost certainly be a growing number of happenings, encounters, moments and surprises for which we will find ourselves giving thanks – a small strip of wild flowers at the edge of the toughest road…’

©Ian Adams 2013 ‘Running Over Rocks: spiritual practices to transform tough times’ (Canterbury Press)

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