Cave Refectory Road 6: rhythm of life


Rhythm of Life continues our second year of spiritual practice in Beloved Life. Working with ideas from Ian’s book Cave Refectory Road: monastic rhythms for contemporary living we are exploring how ancient practices from the Jesus tradition might be a gift in our own times and in our own places, helping to bring about the kind of better world that Jesus described as the ‘kingdom of heaven’ coming near.

‘The traditional monastic rule of life helps the monk to enter into the flows of minute and hour, of day and night, of dawn and dusk, of day and week, of season and feast day and, ultimately, of life and death. This is life lived to a different measure, with different priorities. We want to suggest that the monastic rule of life can be reinterpreted and embraced as a rhythm of life that will enable us to give attention to what truly matters, and to re-imagine human being…’


Cave Refectory Road - rhythm of life
Cave Refectory Road – rhythm of life

‘The monastic rhythm of life cultivates a different approach to time. It redefines the task as not just a means to an end, but as something to do because it is in itself both necessary and good. Its particular and brilliant gift is to carve out space for what is truly important…’

©Ian Adams ‘Cave Refectory Road: monastic rhythms for contemporary living’ (Canterbury Press and Liturgical Press USA)

Look out for short daily posts around this latest 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 latest collection of poems Unfurling is out now in paperback and e-format 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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