REFLECTION: ‘Words can change worlds. In just a few printed shapes, in a few uttered sounds, and in the pregnant spaces between them, new possibilities emerge. Lectio Divina is a way of receiving the text so that it is not so much about information but formation. It’s not so much about shaping our ideas and our beliefs (as important and as helpful as they are) as about shaping our whole being – body, mind and spirit. ‘How might this scripture shape me and the way I live today?’ is the kind of question that Lectio Divina provokes in us. Or ‘how might the wisdom, insight or toughness of this passage change me today?’
PRACTICE: ‘The first stage of the practice of Free the Words! in the spirit of Lectio Divina is to develop an awareness of the words and ideas that are shaping you. What words have caught your attention today? What ideas are you excited about at this time? The second stage is to develop your own practice of Lectio Divina…’
©Ian Adams ‘Running Over Rocks: spiritual practices to transform tough times’ (Canterbury Press)
Look out for short daily posts around the week’s 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!
Ian’s new collection of poems Unfurling is out now on Canterbury Press, also via your local bookshop, and all usual online sources including Book Depository with free delivery world-wide.