Prayer Exercises

MORNING PRAYER IN FOUR DIRECTIONS
A meditation in which one faces the four directions of the compass, adapted from Native American/Tai Chi traditions (with Christian reflections at the end).
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A DAILY EXAMEN
A daily reflection exercise to scan over the day to notices places of gifts, struggles and a sense of invitation, based on The Spiritual Exercises or Ignatius of Loyola.
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A DAILY EXAMEN (Jewish adaptation)
A daily reflection exercise to scan over the day to notices places of gift, struggles and a sense of invitation, based on The Spiritual Exercises or Ignatius of Loyola.
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HEALING EXERCISE FOR STRESS OR ANGST
A kinesthetic exercise in three gestures based on holistic linking body and soul, adapted from contemporary process of “focusing” on the locus of stress or angst in one’s body.
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PRAYING WITH SCRIPTURE: PERSONAL LECTIO DIVINA
In the fifth century, Benedict gave us a simple method or Lectio Divina (literally divine reading) of scriptures. Read a short text meditatively “like a cow chewing her cud.”
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SCRIPTURE SHARING: GROUP LECTIO DIVINA
The Group Lectio Divina (literally divine reading) provides a process of scripture sharing to connect the biblical text to the context of each person’s life today (groups of 4-7).
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A PRAYER FOR SILENCE
Here’s a simple memorizable prayer for use before personal meditation or praying with scripture, at the beginning a group meeting or spiritual direction session.
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SIGN OF THE CROSS: AN INTEGRATIVE GESTURE
These words preserve the traditional Trinitarian formula (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), and add: “…one God, mother of us all”—creating a genuinely inclusive paradox.
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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: PAUSING OFTEN
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JEWISH MORNING PRAYER
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