Sunday, March 04, 2007

PRACTICING THE CONTEMPLATIVE TRADITION

Choose one of the 5 exercises listed:

1. Set aside 5-10 minutes each day for prayer.

2. Spend 5 to 10 minutes each day in silence.

3. Read selections from a devotional book.

4. Pray the same prayer for 10 minutes each day.

5. Write an original prayer. Read and pray it every day for the next week.


At the end of this week, please feel free to share anything you learn or experience during the time you have spent engaging in one of these practices.

5 comments:

Nancy said...

I have been praying scripture for the past couple of weeks. I am praying Luke a few verses to a small section of a chapter at a time. As a result, I am learning about and attempting to practice more living under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I find she is working in my outward life and inward being simultaneously, helping me bring the two into better agreement.

I note a lot of convergence in what I am reading overall, even though this involves rather disparate sources. It is as though when the Holy Spirit is revealing something to us, she comes at us through anything and everything that will get our attention and keep us mindful of what she is up to and integrating it into practice in our lives.

Jemila Monroe said...

I have been trying to live more in the present -- present to life, God, my children, the gift of each day. I am so prone to live in my head, this is a new and radical thing for me. I was especially inspired to make this a positive engagement with time-space-God after watching "What the bleep do we know?" And then this week, God brought to mind the verse, "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." I felt a flash of revelation (okay that sounds way too dramatic,) and realized that God creates time and space as a gift to us, and it is in so many ways up to us what we create with that raw gift that we can offer back to God as praise and love.

Lori said...

Jemila, what a beautiful way to put it. I saw the film too, and really didn't take it anywhere that productive. :) But thinking specifically of time & space as a gift from God is a great way to approach my very busy day. Thank you for the encouragement!

Amy said...

I've been reading "The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime" for about the past month.

Having come from a faith tradition that tends to value personal experience over church history, I've really enjoyed "praying with the church."

I will also confess that I'm not very good at contemplative. What I've really wanted to do is spend 5-10 minutes in silence, but have not done so even once! I'll work on it again this week!

Jemila Monroe said...

Lori, curious your thoughts on "bleep."

Amy, I recently purchased a copy of prayers for springtime and I've needed a little nudging to start.

Perhaps we can all feel free to post prayers, either personal or written that are meaningful to us. Share the wealth and encourage us all as we broaden and deepen our spiritual lives with God and with each other!