REFLECTION: ‘The final act of Jesus, the Gospel writer Luke tells us, was to bless his followers. And this rag-tag group went on to change the world. The final act was thus just a beginning. And the blessing may not be incidental to that outcome. In the ancient and unfolding Jesus tradition there is an undeniable sense that in the act of blessing something shifts around us. A blessing is more than the words that are voiced, greater than any gesture made. Possibilities are being opened up in an ever-moving cosmos…’
PRACTICE: ‘The practice of Blessing (Become Blessing) is about about nurturing the act of blessing in our daily lives. And it’s about letting the act of blessing change both the giver and receiver so that we become blessing in our very being. Look for an opportunity each day to offer a simple action or phrase to someone that will be a blessing to them…’
©Ian Adams ‘Running Over Rocks: spiritual practices to transform tough times’ (Canterbury Press)
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Ian’s new collection of poems Unfurling is out now on Canterbury Press, also via your local bookshop, via Kindle and all usual online sources including Book Depository with free delivery world-wide.