contemplative prayer

  IN OUR CREATION, God asked a question and in our truly living; God answers the question. ~Thomas Merton When I first began studying contemplative practices, I thought meditation and contemplation were interchangeable, I mean, both have to do with thinking and reflection, right? Well, yes, in our day-to-day world we do use them that way, but…

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breath prayer

  Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life? ~Mary Oliver Take a breath.  A deep breath.  Hold for a minute, then slowly release. That is living.  That is life. We have a tendency to breathe shallowly, and my spiritual director once suggested that breathing shallowly is living shallowly.   In…

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body prayer

In the years that followed the uterine cancer surgery, my body became a place of unrest.  Going through “the change” 10-15 years earlier than my friends meant that I was in menopause at 40 while they were still blossoming in motherhood.  I resented having a body that looked and felt older than my spirit. As…

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root prayers

Root prayers are one of my favorite practices. The gift of root prayers is their simplicity and their guidance in helping us center with God. You can use this practice anywhere at any time. Just like the roots of a tree or plant, these prayers ground you deeply in faith as you listen to how…

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