beloved life practices 8: slow into stillness


As we enter the season of Epiphany next week we begin the second series of practices (08-14) in ‘Running Over Rocks‘ – ‘PRACTICES OF STILLNESS AND MOVEMENT from complexity towards simplicity: discovering the essence.’

REFLECTION: ‘Do nothing. Do nothing to do something. Do nothing to become something… Perhaps the most important movement we can ever make is, ironically, into stillness. To do something or to become something, it is necessary to do or to become (a kind of) nothing. Stillness is the starting point for much, perhaps even everything, that is truly good…


beloved life: slow into stillness
beloved life: slow into stillness


PRACTICE: Stillness needs practice. It’s a discipline that needs to be explored, learned and befriended. Almost all the great spiritual traditions have made similar discoveries about the path into stillness. Slow into Stillness is our own practice in four steps based on those traditions and our own experience of seeking stillness – here they are in outline:

1. Find a space where you can be without distraction.

2. Find a posture that is alert and comfortable.

3. Give attention to your breathing.

4. Now let a stilling word or prayer word form silently within you…’

©Ian Adams 2013 ‘Running Over Rocks: spiritual practices to transform tough times’ (Canterbury Press)

Look out for short daily posts around this 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!


  1. Jane Posted on January 7, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Do nothing to do something – thank you for this reminder at a time when I am trying to make changes in my life – it’s tempting to step in and act before you’re ready. Thank you – love your posts on both beloved life and morning bell – as an artist myself I really appreciate them.

  2. Libby Posted on January 10, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Hi Ian, not sure if a song about stillness fits here? I wrote it a few weeks ago. Thanks for your thoughts. How often I need to remember that everything flows out of inner stillness….hence the song got written, I guess !

    “I will be still…come to rest….
    I will wait Lord, for You.
    I will give time, give patience, give space………
    For Your arriving

    I’ll lay aside my cares and fears
    I will lay down by quiet waters
    I will give time, give patience, give space…………..
    For Your arriving

    As the mist rises over the fields
    Revealing meadows and streams, sparkling in the sun
    So I will wait….to find Your Love revealed
    In the silence of this place”

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