beloved life practices 46: cave of the heart (nurture your contemplative)

 

REFLECTION: ‘The opening, the taking, the tapping, the bringing up, the lighting, the drawing in, the breathing out, the watching, and the letting go. There’s a contemplative in everyone. And for this young and unknowing contemplative, the reassuring clunk and smell of the zippo further heightened the experience. I’m not advocating that we should all return to the contemplative ritual of the mid-morning cigarette with our coffee. But I am suggesting that the ability and desire to pause, to become still, and to remain in the place that is beyond what we can see may just be our natural home…’

 

beloved life: cave of the heart
beloved life: cave of the heart

PRACTICE: ‘ The contemplative strand has always been present at the heart of the ancient and unfolding Jesus tradition. It is the necessary starting point for any real change for good to take shape in us and then ripple out into the wider world. I’ll be bold enough to say that some practice of Cave of the Heart (Nurture the Contemplative) is essential for anyone who is serious about becoming truly human. At the first stage, in the spirit of the tradition’s ancient practice of contemplation, this is about developing your own stance of stillness, presence, and openness to all that exists…’

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

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Unfurling: poems
Unfurling: poems

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.

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