Cave Refectory Road 6: rhythm of life

 

Rhythm of Life continues our second year of spiritual practice in Beloved Life. Working with ideas from Ian’s book Cave Refectory Road: monastic rhythms for contemporary living we are exploring how ancient practices from the Jesus tradition might be a gift in our own times and in our own places, helping to bring about the kind of better world that Jesus described as the ‘kingdom of heaven’ coming near.

‘The traditional monastic rule of life helps the monk to enter into the flows of minute and hour, of day and night, of dawn and dusk, of day and week, of season and feast day and, ultimately, of life and death. This is life lived to a different measure, with different priorities. We want to suggest that the monastic rule of life can be reinterpreted and embraced as a rhythm of life that will enable us to give attention to what truly matters, and to re-imagine human being…’

 

Cave Refectory Road - rhythm of life
Cave Refectory Road – rhythm of life

‘The monastic rhythm of life cultivates a different approach to time. It redefines the task as not just a means to an end, but as something to do because it is in itself both necessary and good. Its particular and brilliant gift is to carve out space for what is truly important…’

©Ian Adams ‘Cave Refectory Road: monastic rhythms for contemporary living’ (Canterbury Press and Liturgical Press USA)

Look out for short daily posts around this latest theme on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be doing the practices wherever we are, and we’ll look forward to hearing how you get on – do let us know!

Unfurling: poems
Unfurling: poems

Ian’s latest collection of poems Unfurling is out now in paperback and e-format on Canterbury Press, also via your local bookshop, and all usual online sources including  Book Depository  with free delivery world-wide.

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Beloved Life retreats: Scargill, Oxford and Iona

 

We’re halfway through our retreat/event programme for 2015 – and it’s been a great experience. Thank you so much to everyone who has joined us at Scargill, Oxford and on Iona and for your thoughtful and passionate engagement with us. It’s wonderful  to explore the spiritual path together. Here’s a few photos – you can see more on our Facebook page.

a Scargill Unfurling session
a Scargill Unfurling session
the chapel at Scargill
the chapel at Scargill
Oxford walk together
Oxford walk 
Oxford body prayer
Oxford body prayer
cloister conversation Iona
cloister conversation Iona
St Columba's Bay Iona
St Columba’s Bay Iona

We are looking forward to more retreats coming up at Ammerdown, Sheldon and Glastonbury. Hope to see you in the still space somewhere soon!

Ian & Gail

 

 

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morning bell: wall

 

A new Morning Bell series begins tomorrow – ‘wall’. Ian has always been drawn to take photographs of surfaces, This series features a favourite old wall in the South West of England. We are always amazed at how the act of paying attention to something apparently mundane as a wall can be full of wisdom for life.

 

Morning bell: Wall series
Morning bell: Wall series

 

As always our intention with Morning Bell is for the image and short text to complement each other. We hope that this new series will enable you to step with us into stillness and prayer each day, and open up new possibilities for bringing good to the world in the way and spirit of Jesus the Christ.

Grace and peace to you this Trinity season…
Ian & Gail

There are various other ways to access Morning Bell each day:

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Unfurling: poems
Unfurling: poems

Ian’s latest collection of poems Unfurling is out now in paperback and e-format on Canterbury Press, also via your local bookshop, via Kindle and all usual online sources including Book Depository with free delivery world-wide.

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