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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Beloved Life retreats: Scargill, Oxford and Iona

 

We’re halfway through our retreat/event programme for 2015 – and it’s been a great experience. Thank you so much to everyone who has joined us at Scargill, Oxford and on Iona and for your thoughtful and passionate engagement with us. It’s wonderful  to explore the spiritual path together. Here’s a few photos – you can see more on our Facebook page.

a Scargill Unfurling session
a Scargill Unfurling session
the chapel at Scargill
the chapel at Scargill
Oxford walk together
Oxford walk 
Oxford body prayer
Oxford body prayer
cloister conversation Iona
cloister conversation Iona
St Columba's Bay Iona
St Columba’s Bay Iona

We are looking forward to more retreats coming up at Ammerdown, Sheldon and Glastonbury. Hope to see you in the still space somewhere soon!

Ian & Gail

 

 

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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: haiku Beatitudes – 10 songs for a new world

 

This new series of Morning Bell works with the poem series called Haiku Beatitudes: 10 songs for a new world in Unfurling. These short poems are meditations on the Beatitudes – the famous sayings of the teacher Jesus that seem to be at the very heart of his wisdom for the world.  The Beatitudes are always challenging, often turning accepted wisdom upside down. How for example, could it be that the poor in spirit, or those who mourn, or the meek be blessed? They are also full of hope, pointing to a new world that is being called into being within us and around us.  We encourage you to spend time in the company of these poems, and be curious  about whatever unfurls. You might also like to go the Beatitudes themselves – see chapter 5 of Matthew’s Gospel .

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Jesus is recorded by Matthew as having taught the Beatitudes in the open air, on hill tops. We can imagine his followers sitting around him, and a wider crowd of curious people standing around. The images are all taken one weekend this summer in South Devon.

Grace and peace to you, Ian

 

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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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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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Unfurling cover final - Version 3

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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beloved life practices 35: love your place

 

REFLECTION: ‘I’m not sure where I’m from. But I do know where I am. The concept of being from somewhere is complicated if you have lived in lots of places and been shaped in some way by them all. This stance is about nurturing a sense of belonging wherever we are, believing that this will be good for us and good for those around us. This can transform the way that we feel about a place. And perhaps more importantly it can change how we bring good to a place and to its people…’

beloved life: love your place
beloved life: love your place

PRACTICE: ‘Ask yourself these questions about your locality or neighbourhood and see what action they may lead you into: What draws you to this place? What do you find difficult? How could you express your belonging here? And how could you love this place more?’

©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 cover final - Version 3
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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