Morning Bell: Wilderness Taunts

Our series for Lent 2017 uses images from Ian’s new book Wilderness Taunts: revealing your light. This began as a personal journey in which Ian re-imagined the temptations faced by Jesus as taunts that might throw us off balance – critical voices from external sources and from within ourselves. His experience was that when faced with honesty and openness, the truth of these taunts, however disturbing, also begins to reveal some deeper truth. In the darkness, our light is revealed…

 

 

The full text reflecting on each taunt, together with additional images are in the book. Thank you for sharing the spiritual path with us. May grace, peace and light find you this Lent…

Ian & Gail

 

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Unfurling cover final - Version 3

Ian’s latest collection of poems Unfurling is out now in paperback and e-format on Canterbury Press, also via your local bookshop, via Kindle and all usual online sources including Book Depository with free delivery world-wide.

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Morning Bell – Unfurling Devotions

As winter continues we return to the Devotions haiku series from Ian’s Unfurling poem collection. These short poems have emerged from Ian’s experience of attempting to be still, to be present and to pray. We think of this as a daily practice of devotion to the presence of God and to the essence of being human.

 

 

Most of the time this practice of devotion feels very ordinary; it often feels tough; but is just occasionally blissful. We hope that you will enjoy spending time in the company of these poems, and be curious about whatever unfurls… The photographs for the series are all being taken this winter in Cambridge.

Thank you for sharing the spiritual path with us. May grace, peace and light find you…

Ian & Gail

 

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Unfurling cover final - Version 3

Ian’s latest collection of poems Unfurling is out now in paperback and e-format on Canterbury Press, also via your local bookshop, via Kindle and all usual online sources including Book Depository with free delivery world-wide.

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morning bell: Unfurlings

 

A new series of Morning Bell called Unfurlings marks the closing of Autumn and the ending of the Church year with the festival of Christ the King. The Unfurlings are a collection of haiku poems from the poetry collection Unfurling. Each haiku is an opportunity to reflect on our direction at this time – and on the wonder of our earth home.

 

morning bell: unfurlings
morning bell: unfurlings

The photos for this series have all been taken this late Autumn in South Devon. This time of season’s turning is challenging but also full of possibility. In the sights, sounds and senses of late Autumn may you know the presence of the Christ.

Grace and peace to you
Ian

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Unfurling: poems
Unfurling: poems

Ian’s new collection of poems Unfurling is out now in paperback and e-format on Canterbury Press, also via your local bookshop, via Kindle and all usual online sources including Book Depository with free delivery world-wide.

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morning bell: Unfurling Devotions

 

This new series of Morning Bell offers some of the Haiku* poems series called Devotions in Unfurling. These short poems have emerged from my own experience of attempting to be still,  to be present and to pray. I think of this as a daily practice of devotion to the presence of God and to the essence of being human.  Most of the time this practice of devotion feels very ordinary; it often feels tough; and is just occasionally blissful.  I hope that you will enjoy spending time in the company of these poems, and be curious  about whatever unfurls…

*Haiku = a poetic form originating in Japan. The traditional Haiku – to which I find myself increasingly drawn – has a technical aspect (lines and syllables) but also a beautiful way of engaging with the natural world. 

morning bell: Unfurling Devotions
morning bell: Unfurling Devotions

The images are all photographs taken in summer close to where we live in South Devon. Wherever you are may they open up the wonder of your setting…

Grace and peace to you

Ian

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beloved life practices 38: Speak Up! Speak Out!

POEM: ONE HUNDRED MILLION SEEDS

The boy who played on a dirt cave floor
has been walled up.
The man who wove a bird’s nest for the world
has been taken away.
The sower who sowed one hundred million seeds
has been concealed.
Without tools, far from sunlight, away from rain
in hard ground.

So they came for the gardener
in the end
as they always do:
too close to the earth
too familiar with buds
too conscious of spring

But the dirt will sing out
and the flowers will bear witness
and one hundred million seeds will shout his name
Ai Weiwei!
Ai Weiwei!
Ai Weiwei!

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

REFLECTION: “If you don’t act the danger becomes stronger.” / “Once you’ve experienced [freedom], it remains in your heart.”  –  Ai Wei Wei in the 2012 movie ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’ directed by Alison Klayman

‘Our part in creating a path to a more just world can and must begin here and now. It’s time to Speak Up! Speak out! It’s time to tell the truth to power. And there have never been so many accessible ways to do this. The social media are changing the way that movements for justice can build momentum. The situation for which you seek justice may be five minutes walk from you door. It may also be 5000 miles away. It could be both. And you can be involved. It’s at your fingertips…’

beloved life: speak up! speak out!
beloved life: speak up! speak out!

PRACTICE: ‘Our capacity as human beings for creating injustice seems to be unlimited. The boulder field of injustice stretches beyond our sight. On the other hand our capacity to Speak Up! Speak Out! feels limited. Because of this dilemma this practice needs to be lived alongside other practices like Find your stillpoint and Live from your joy. The fight against injustice is all the more effective whenever it takes shape within people who have come to recognize their own imbalances, who carry a strong personal sense of peace, and who are already living a life of justice. In this context the struggle against injustice just becomes a natural part of who we are. The successes in the fight don’t define us, the losses don’t deter us. This gives us space to breathe. We can’t sign up for every struggle. But we can Speak Up! Speak Out! for the struggles into which we are called…’

©Ian Adams 2013 ‘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!

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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Unfurling: poems

 

We are really pleased to let you know that Ian’s new collection of poems ‘Unfurling’ is published this week by Canterbury Press. Ian says of the collection:

Unfurling: poems by Ian Adams 2014
Unfurling: poems by Ian Adams 2014

‘To make a poem is to attempt a holy thing, asking what it means to be truly alive. From a season or a moment of attention a single image or idea seems to emerge, a gift should the poet find the courage to work with it. A seed in the hand. Then the task begins – by turn perplexing, demanding, joyous and even blissful – to find words, shapes and patterns that may enable that image to gift itself far beyond its origin. Both poet and reader-hearer may, of course, be changed by the poem. The seed dies, new shoots emerge, new seeds are scattered. As we discover the poem, the poem discovers us.

If there is a thread that runs through these poems it is an instinct that if our world is to rediscover her harmony and peace, such a rediscovery needs to begin within us. Through loving attention to the sacred presence in all that exists – to the earth and its creatures, to the people around us, to ourselves – we may begin to rediscover our deep at-oneness. This may gradually come to be experienced as an unfurling from all the fears and anxieties that keep us bound.

And so may all unfurl…’

Unfurling is available direct from Canterbury Press, to order from your local bookstore, and from all the usual online outlets (including free delivery worldwide from Book Depository).  We hope that you enjoy the collection – and may it be something that you keep on returning to…

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morning bell: in a garden enclosed

 

One of the places we keep on returning to with camera and notebook in hand is the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden at the Trewyn Studio in St Ives Cornwall. The studio is pretty much as it was when Hepworth tragically died here in a fire in 1975. The garden is a wonderful setting for Hepworth’s work, the planting in a dynamic relationship with her bold sculptural pieces. For us it’s an inspiring place, drawing us into stillness and movement, reflection and creativity.

morning bell: in a garden enclosed
morning bell: in a garden enclosed

This series of Morning Bell combines some of my photos of the garden and studio with one of the poems that I’ve written in response to what I’ve encountered here: A hammer, chisel and file from Running Over Rocks. The first line of the poem (and the title of this series) – In a garden enclosed – picks up a theme from the ancient book Song of Songs from the Jewish scriptures – a hint that the twin tasks of reflection and creativity may be best understood as a journey into love. We hope that as you reflect on the poem and on the images you will find yourself drawn into stillness, movement, and yes – into love…

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Grace and peace to you
Ian

 

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morning bell: endings and beginnings

 

Could an ending be a beginning, or a beginning be an ending? A new series of morning bell starts on Monday, in collaboration with priest and photographer Jane Willis. The set of pictures were taken by Jane in the parish church in East Coker, a village in Somerset – and the setting for ‘East Coker’, the second part of T S Eliot’s poetic masterpiece ‘The Four Quartets.’  The words for this series are inspired by our pondering on ideas that seem to emerge for us in the poem.

 

morning bell: endings & beginnings
morning bell: endings & beginnings

 

The Four Quartets may seem challenging, but given time their rich gifts reveal themselves. Time is just one of the themes in the poem, and we are calling this series ‘endings and beginnings’. We’ll return to the Four Quartets for inspiration in future series of morning bell – and if you sense that you may find them as compelling as we do we encourage you to buy yourself a copy and let them work on you…

Beginning the day in stillness, returning to the stillpoint during the day, or ending the day in reflection, what might be the gift, insight or wisdom here for you?

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