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Meditative Prayer
Learning to pray is learning to live as fully as possible in the present moment.  John Main OSB http://meditativeprayer.org
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Thanking - Pray Like a Gourmet

Thanking - Pray Like a Gourmet | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it
There is something special about taking a step back from your normal active life randomly during the day and pausing to reflect upon it, to give thanks for friends, to bless those are struggling, to simply enjoy the moment.
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Learn to incorporate a heart of gratitude into your meditation with these four ideas!

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Butterfly Beginnings: Christian Meditation Introduction

Butterfly Beginnings: Christian Meditation Introduction | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it
Henry David Thoreau states happiness can be achieved not through the chase, but through focused attention. "Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if ...
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Prayer May Reshape Your Brain ... And Your Reality

Prayer May Reshape Your Brain ... And Your Reality | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it
Untold hours in meditation may rewrite neural connections in the brain — and how you see the world.
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15 Ways to Deepen Your Practice

15 Ways to Deepen Your Practice | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it
1. Teach your practice to a novice who is hungry to learn.

2. Practice in secret.  There is a temptation to get “credit” for our practice, from friends or a teacher.
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Abide in Prayer - Soul Shepherding

Abide in Prayer - Soul Shepherding | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it

Maybe people that we work with in spiritual direction/mentoring find it hard to be still with Jesus. When they get alone and quiet themselves for prayer they have trouble settling down. Their bodies are antsy. Their minds are restless and wander from one thought to another. 


Using short phrases from Scripture is a way to practice our abiding in prayer. It’s a way into contemplative prayer in which we seek to be still with Jesus and grow in his peace and power.

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Simple Meditation Recipe

Simple Meditation Recipe | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it
I find a lot of people struggle with the kinds of praying where it comes to being quiet and listening. It could be our ADD culture. It could be that we prefer being in control...and we are in contr...
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Christian Mindfulness?

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For those unfamiliar with the term, mindfulness is the English term for Buddhist meditation. The practice found its way into the therapy world in large part due to its demonstrated efficacy in stress reduction and preventing relapse of clinical depression. The latter finding came as a great surprise in the most unexpected of places – the stereotypically stuffy, bow tie-wearing British accent-donning academic world of Oxford University. The academic world, which is leery of all things religious, made the leap of accepting and promoting a religious practice in treatment of depression because they recognized that it works. What about the Christian world?

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Thoughtful perspective on mindfulness and meditative perspective on Rampant Theology. ..

  • "Spiritual discernment calls for us to move beyond submission to simple worldly categories like (“Buddhist” and “Christian”) to functionally proclaiming Jesus as Lord."
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How to Practice Meditative Prayer

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Prayer series: Click | View Series In Hebrew thought, to meditate upon the Scriptures is to quietly repeat them, giving oneself entirely to God, and abandoning outside distractions.
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Simple instructions for meditative prayer 

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Welcoming Prayer Instructions

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"By embracing the thing you once defended yourself against, you are actually disarming it.“ The three step process of the Welcoming Prayer Finding & Feeling it Welcoming it Letting it go Find I...
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The welcoming prayer...This practice was developed by Mary Mrozowski with Comtemplative outreach. 

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Meditation

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Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word known as a mantra.
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The Heart of Meditation

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The soul is already clear about who we are and what we want: it’s the mind that gets in the way, the intellect. As we connect with our own essence through meditation, we enliven its intelligence, and our connection to it.

 

Meditation is simply a time in which to plant a seed. Pay attention to the desires, practice, be a good listener, stay in your integrity, and pay attention to the clues along the way, and your desires will manifest.


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The Practice of Stillness

The Practice of Stillness | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it
Being still is tremendously difficult in our media-rich, always-on world. Noise crowds into every empty space. Here’s how to reclaim some interior margin.
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The Interior Castle - St. Teresa of Avila

The Interior Castle - St. Teresa of Avila | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it
The Interior Castle, by St. Teresa of Avila, [1921], full text etext at sacred-texts.com

The Interior Castle is divided into seven mansions (also called dwelling places), each level describing a step to get closer to God. In her work, Teresa already assumed entrance into the first mansions by prayer and meditation.

The first three mansions are considered to be ordinary prayer or active prayer. The first mansions begin with a soul's state of grace, but the souls are surrounded by sin and only starting to seek God's grace through humility in order to achieve perfection. The second mansions are also called the Mansions of the Practice of Prayer because the soul seeks to advance through the castle by daily thoughts of God, humble recognition of God's work in the soul and ultimately daily prayer. The third mansions are the Mansions of Exemplary Life characterized through divine grace a love for God that is so great that the soul has an aversion to both mortal and venial sin and a desire to do works of charitable service to man for the ultimate glory of God. The fourth through seventh mansions are considered to be mystical or contemplative prayer. The fourth mansions are a departure from the soul actively acquiring what it gains as God increases his role. The fifth mansions contains incipient Union in which the soul prepares itself to receive gifts from God. If the fifth mansion can be compared to a betrothal, the sixth mansion can be compared to lovers. The soul spends increasing amounts of time torn between favors from God and from outside afflictions. The soul achieves clarity in prayer and a spiritual marriage with God in the seventh mansions.

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Start Meditating Today!

Start Meditating Today! | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it
Want to listen and download guided Christian Mediation right away? Check out Christian Meditative Prayers on iTunes!  Guided Christian Meditation is a simple way to experience the presence of Chris...
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Prayer Study Reveals Benefits For Believers, Atheists Alike

Prayer Study Reveals Benefits For Believers, Atheists Alike | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it
The religious find strength through God; this we know. But a new study conducted by Prof. Malt Friese and Michaela Wanke suggests that even non-believers can get in on the action.
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Prayer life and spirituality: balancing temprament and personality

Prayer life and spirituality: balancing temprament and personality | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it
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Watch: Study Shows Startling Images Of Brain Activity While Praying

Watch: Study Shows Startling Images Of Brain Activity While Praying | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it

How do prayer and meditation affect brain activity?  Dr. Andrew Newberg, MD, is the Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomson Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College, and he has studied the neuroscientific effect of religious and spiritual experiences for decades.

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TICKLE ME TUESDAY PRAYING IS NOT JOKE! LOOK AT THIS BRAIN ON PRAYING!

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Practicing the Presence of God - Brother Lawrence (Full Audiobook on Youtube)

Practicing the Presence of God - Brother Lawrence full audio
Dr. Amy Fuller's insight:

A beautiful presentation of this classic book available to watch and  listen to FREE on you tube!  

To read the free text:  http://www.ccel.org/ccel/lawrence/practice 

Brother Lawrence resolved to make the “Love of God” the purpose of all his actions. He found such satisfaction in this practice that he felt the same intensity of the presence of God when he was working in the kitchen as he did at daily prayers. He purposed all actions for the love, praise and joy of God.

This is mindfulness from a Christian perspective. 


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Coming Home - An Integral Christian Practicum

Coming Home - An Integral Christian Practicum | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it

Welcome and thank you for joining us on this 12 week exploration!

  1. The Four Perspectives of God
  2. Re-Imaging the Trinity
  3. What Manner of a Man
  4. Broadening Your Circle of Care
  5. Exploring the Feminine Face of God
  6. Jesus in Contemporary Culture
  7. Jesus as a Teacher of Wisdom
  8. the Kingdom of Heaven within You
  9. Kenosis: The Path of Self-Emptying
  10. The Life of Jesus as a Template
  11. The Crucifixion and Its Aftermath
  12. Who Do You Say that I am
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12 week course on Cominghomeintegral.com with videos and guided meditations. 

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The Jesus Prayer by Anthony de Mello

The Jesus Prayer Introduction According to Mahatma Gandhi, reciting God's name with faith would cure a man of any disease...

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This is a you tube video with beautfiul music playing as instructions for a breath based Je-sus prayer are provided in 4 steps. Includes elements of using a prayer mantra, breathwork, and imaginative prayer from a contempative practice. 

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6 ways to know that God is speaking to you

6 ways to know that God is speaking to you | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it
In a world of constant noise and chaos, it is sometimes difficult to recognize God's voice and understand what he is trying to say. Here are six ways...
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Great questions to ask yourself when int he misdt of discernment. 

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God is speaking to you, and this is how you know!

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Welcoming Prayer: Consent on the Go--Spirituality & Practice: E-Courses

Welcoming Prayer: Consent on the Go--Spirituality & Practice: E-Courses | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it

Welcoming Prayer or Prayer on the Go Online Course / Online Retreat

An online retreat on a method of consenting to God's presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life.


The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. If Centering Prayer (or another daily prayer) is practiced for one hour of the day, the Welcoming Prayer is for the other 23 hours. It is a "letting go" in the present moment, in the midst of the activity of ordinary life. It helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored — in the body.

Dr. Amy Fuller's insight:

Welcoming prayer is like mindfulness for from a Christian contempative perspective. This is on online retreat that starts tomorrow, August 5th with online collaboration from other participants in the course. It has videos, regular emails, audios and teleconferences with the e-course leaders. 


I just signed up for this course that starts tomorrow (it is offered on-demand regularly) and I wanted to invite you to join in! Check it out: http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/ecourses/ecourses.php?id=156&key=spws 

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Centering Prayer Online Course - Father Thomas Keating, Father Carl Arico, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler

Centering Prayer Online Course - Father Thomas Keating, Father Carl Arico, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it

Centering Prayer with Father Thomas Keating, Father Carl Arico  and Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler

Be still and know that I am God.”
—Psalm 46:10

Centering Prayer is a silent prayer practice that can move you toward profound relationship with the Spirit of God within. It is a way of praying that opens the door to the Divine Indwelling—the ground of our being. WithCentering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating and his colleagues Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Father Carl Arico present the first in-depth home study course in this method for deepening your intimacy with God, and ultimately consenting to the presence and action of the Divine in all aspects of your life.

Dr. Amy Fuller's insight:

If you've ever wanted to learn a new way to grow in relationship to God or to experience contempatlive prayer, but didn't know how...this is a great starting place. This is an extensive and experiential online course about centering prayer. I have really enjoyed it and been blessed by it. 

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