beloved life practices 31: dance hands open

 

REFLECTION: ‘How easily we are transfixed by the things we desire or own! One of the great wisdom teachings of Buddhism is the need for us to detach ourselves from the things that hold us. The rabbi Jesus echoes this learning. He understands the irony of ownership. The way that we can become owned by the thing that we own. Ownership is power, but not always quite as we might have imagined it… We’re calling this stance Dance Hands Open. Dancing through life with open hands means learning to carry lightly whatever we possess or care for. Our responsibilities and possessions are gifts, not our identity, nor our reason for being.’

beloved life: dance hands open
beloved life: dance hands open

PRACTICE: ‘When we give it our attention, the scope of open-handedness begins to spread more widely. Our reputations, security, achievements, knowledge, skills and gifts are also best held lightly… Here’s a tangible way into the practice of Dance with Hands Open. Find somewhere to dance. Big open spaces work as well as anything for this. And if this needs to be on your own that’s fine. Turn your music up to loud. And discover how natural – and good – it is to dance with hands open…’

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

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beloved life practices 30: stay in your spirit

 

REFLECTION: ‘Your spirit is what people encounter when they meet you. It’s not about your achievements, nor is it about any of your perceived failures. It’s how you are as a human being. And how you are can change the world as much as anything you achieve…’

beloved life: stay in your spirit
beloved life: stay in your spirit

PRACTICE: ‘An important first step into the practice of Stay in Your Spirit is to try to understand what your spirit might be. Remember, this is how you are, and what people encounter when they meet you. So ask yourself, what do people encounter when they spend time with me? And what would I wish people to encounter when they meet me? Your spirit will reflect how you are at your best in reality and in aspiration…’

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

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morning bell: the spirit, the dance

 

The new series of Morning Bell explores the great festival season of Pentecost and the beginning of Trinity. This season opens up the great mysteries of the nature of God, and we find our language needing to be both poetic and experiential. One metaphor that has emerged in the tradition conveys the sense that God is dancing – and that this divine  life is a dance into which we are invited…

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The photos for this series are all by Jonathan Cherry, a photographer, videographer, curator & keen cyclist. You can see more of Jonathan’s work on his website and he can be followed on Twitter @jonathan_cherry. The words for the series are by Ian, emerging from his own pondered and lived-out reflections on this season.

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Grace and peace to you this Pentecost and Trinity…

 

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beloved life practices 29: choose your icons (become what you see)

 

REFLECTION: ‘The visual image matters. And images and icons are all around us… True observation – attentive and loving observation – is not a dispassionate activity. If our attention is loving – not grasping but open to the otherness of the being or the object being seen – that person or object may mediate something sacred to us, and we may mediate something sacred to them. So the practice of Choose your Icons (Become What you See) helps us to become aware of the images that shape us all; and offers the possibility of engaging with icons that may bring particular good to us and to the world around us…’

beloved life: choose your icons
beloved life: choose your icons

PRACTICE: ‘Your icons are all around you. On your screens, on your walls, and in your magazines. This practice is about being intentional about the images we live with, and becoming the good thing that we see. So reflect on the images that you choose (or allow) to be your icon-companions. A step deeper into this tradition is to seek out an icon from the ancient Jesus tradition to accompany you in your stillness or prayer space. If you decide to do this let the process be a prayerful one. May the icon that you need find you…’

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

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