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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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Abide in Prayer - Soul Shepherding

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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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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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Breath Prayers

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Richard Foster in his book, Prayer, refers to this kind of meditative prayer as “prayer of the heart” (p. 141). Quiet, reflective prayers are a way to overcome the mind’s tendency to wander and get distracted.  It’s a way to increase your consciousness and appreciation of God’s presence.  It’s a way to “let the word of Christ dwell in your richly” (Colossians 3:16).

http://www.soulshepherding.org/2012/07/breath-prayers/


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Bill Gaultiere provides techniques for meditative prayer using breath, the body and scripture as a way to deepen one's prayer and connection to God from a Christian point of view. There are many lovely and creative techniques in this article. Some of these techniques are similar to centering prayer, but integrate scripture and the use of breath in different ways than centering prayer. 

http://www.soulshepherding.org/2012/07/breath-prayers/


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What is Meditation? | The World Community for Christian Meditation

What is Meditation? | The World Community for Christian Meditation | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it
The WCCM International Website. Resources, meditation groups lists, newsletters and information on the meditation practice and all the Community activities worldwide.

Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice that we find at the core of all the great religious traditions, leading from the mind to the heart. It is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness. It can be practised by anyone from wherever you are on your life’s journey. It is only necessary to be clear about the practice and then to begin – and keep on beginning.

http://wccm.org/content/what-meditation


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Lectio Divina - A Contemplative Outreach Chapter

Lectio Divina - A Contemplative Outreach Chapter | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it

Lectio Divina, literally meaning "divine reading," is an ancient practice of praying the scriptures. During Lectio Divina, the practitioner listens to the text of the Bible with the "ear of the heart," as if he or she is in conversation with God, and God is suggesting the topics for discussion. The method of Lectio Divina includes moments of reading (lectio), reflecting on (meditatio), responding to (oratio) and resting in (contemplatio) the Word of God with the aim of nourishing and deepening one's relationship with the Divine.

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Practicing Lectio Divina has changed my life....It's a way of praying with scripture with all the wonderful scientific benefits of meditation. 

Stay tuned to this topic for more tips on lectio divina as a deepening spiritual practice. 

http://www.scoop.it/t/meditative-prayer 

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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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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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Christian Meditation for Children and Young People | Origins of Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation for Children and Young People | Origins of Christian Meditation | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it

He sensed that the meeting of the great world religions could only be fulfilled if members of each faith approached each other from this depth of spiritual experience taught in their own tradition.


John Main’s way of teaching reminds us of the oral tradition in which this way of contemplative wisdom has always been transmitted. His recorded talks continue to guide meditation groups each week around the world. He was a teacher who wished to lead others into their own experience, and he believed one could teach meditation only by meditating with people. The movement from thought to experience, theory to reality, mind to heart, is central to his vision of spiritual growth.

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A Gratitude Deficit

A Gratitude Deficit | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it
Ignatius thought that a particular type of ignorance was at the root of sin. The deadliest sin, he said, is ingratitude.
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St. Ignatious and the importance of gratitude. 

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The Power of Prayer - Mainline Today

The Power of Prayer - Mainline Today | Meditative Prayer | Scoop.it
Neurotheology explores the effect of prayer on the brain, and the results so far have been enlightening.

By scanning the brain activity of people while they pray, he's found that, during meditative prayer, the frontal lobes that handle concentration “light up” and the parietal lobes that process outside sensory information “go dark.” The reaction happens in people of all different faiths


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