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 this Body Prayer has become a key part of our daily practice in Beloved Life, wherever we are, wherever we go.

Here we’re showing the prayer in a story-board fashion, with images from the top of Dun I on Iona – a much prayed-in place. 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…

Beloved Life body prayer: the Beatitudes 1/2
Beloved Life body prayer: the Beatitudes 2/2

Beloved Life body prayer: the Beatitudes

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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

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