body prayer

 We are really interested in finding ways to bring physicality to our prayers, so that our praying becomes more than words and more than silence (as important as they both are.) We also want to discover ways for some of the key texts of the tradition to seep into us and stay with us – so that perhaps we begin somehow to live them.

The Beatitudes may represent the very core of Jesus’ teachings and wisdom for the world, and our Body Prayer You are the Light of the World has become a key part of our daily practice in Beloved Life, wherever we are, wherever we go.

Details of the prayer with reflective text and images from the top of Dun I on Iona are now available to download from Proost. We  allow ourselves to flow from stance to stance and to flow within each stance, finding the words of the Beatitudes taking on a physical nature, allowing our prayers or yearnings to emerge. Do let us know how you get on…

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  1. Hazel Berry Posted on January 4, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Dear Ian, Brian and I have attended one of your Retreats and several Day sessions in Oxford. I am an LLM in the Oxford Diocese and in February I am doing the ‘sermon slot’ for a Café Eucharist (one of our occasional more informal services). The Gospel Reading for the Day is the Beatitudes from Luke. I have done the body prayer from your Website with a group of 4 people very successfully and I would like to include it as the intercessions in the Café Eucharist. I would like to be able to show the individual pictures. Would it be possible for you to send me those pictures to me in a form I could use to make into a PPT (it would be for that service only). Best wishes for a very peaceful New Year Hazel

    1. Ian Adams Posted on January 14, 2019 at 6:51 am

      Hi Hazel It’s very good to hear from you, and great to hear about you sharing the body prayer – I will send you a link to download the individual pictures. Peace and blessings to you Ian

  2. Jo Lightowler Posted on April 1, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Dear Ian. I am hoping to share this body prayer with a Methodist group in Leeds in the next couple of weeks, and I wondered if it might be possible to have a link to the images which I could reproduce for the group. We are thinking about how we move our experience of faith from head to body, and to life in the world…
    Thank you so much for anything you are able to share. Peace, Jo

    1. Ian Adams Posted on April 1, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Jo this is good to hear. I’ll email you a link so that you can access the individual pictures. Let me know how it goes 🙂
      Peace to you Ian

  3. Phil Newton Posted on July 28, 2019 at 2:51 am

    Hi, I bought the wonderful Body Prayer off Proost. I was wondering if you are thinking about doing a video of the prayer ‘in action’? I’m struggling to work out the flow of the movements and would appreciate some help.



    1. Ian Adams Posted on July 31, 2019 at 6:21 am

      hi Phil, good to hear from you and to hear that you bought the Beatitudes Body Prayer. Yes we are thinking about doing a video – good call! In the meantime we suggest that you allow the 10 stances to flow naturally for you from one to another. If there’s a particular stance that you are not clear about please get back to us – we’d love to assist you.
      Grace and peace to you

  4. Les Ball Posted on January 4, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Ian, Having problems with Proost trying to download You are the Light of the world. When click ‘cart’ nothing happens. Is there any other way to get hold of these reflections? God bless.

    1. Ian Adams Posted on January 4, 2021 at 4:23 pm

      hi Les thanks for letting me know. Before I contact Proost can you please check this – click add to cart, then go to the top right of the page and check the cart. The download should be there, if not we will work out what the issue is. Please give that a go and let me know what happens…
      Thanks and peace to you

      1. Les Ball Posted on January 5, 2021 at 11:28 am

        Thanks Ian – have tried clicking add to cart a 100 times! Nothing happens. No cart or shopping trolley appears at top right, or download . If only.

        1. Ian Adams Posted on January 7, 2021 at 11:45 am

          Sorry to hear that Les. I’m about to email Proost and will copy you into that as we attempt to sort the issue. Peace, Ian

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