Thursday, April 12, 2012

Check in

Put yourself in a comfortable position that will allow you to concentrate and feel calm.
Breathe in deeply, hold it, and exhale completely. Repeat three times.
Relax. Visualize yourself in God’s presence.
What does that feel like? Look like?
Is it an image of peace?
Is it an image of anger? Conflict? Love?
Using the words of this mantra, say slowly: "maranatha" which is the oldest Christian prayer (it means ‘come, Lord’), in Aramaic, the language of Jesus, used by St Paul at the end of the First Letter to the Corinthians (16:22) and found in the earliest Christian liturgies.
Repeat the mantra slowly to yourself for as long as it takes to put yourself in a prayerful state.

Catch Up

Conversation Topic

“Let us walk with sincerity with God, aiming at pleasing him alone and not people.”
– Saint Teresa of Avila

Conversation Starter

Am I under stress now? When was the last time I felt significant stress? How much of that was caused by worrying about pleasing others?

Disconnect

Be still.
As you inhale and exhale, forget the stresses of your day, and focus only on your breath.
Hear the sounds that it makes.
Feel the air passing through your nostrils, through your lips, over your tongue, and past your teeth.
Notice the frequency.
Recognize the importance of your breath.
Disconnect and listen.

How long would you like to pray for?

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