Do you have an open space to explore new forms of prayer?
- Could you make quiet time to experience the presence of God?
- Do you have the opportunity to spend more time in creation? What comfort or energy does this gift bring to you?
- What do you lament for the natural world, for your family, for your community?
- What traditions of your family might you explore to expand your repertoire of prayer practice?
Here are some practices and resources for your prayer life:
- Practice: I Love You, I Love You (James Finley)
- Gateway: Activities & Reflections to Welcome a New Year – prints on 8 1/2 x 11 both sided flip on short side. Adapted with permission from MaryAnn McKibben Dana‘s “Gate of the Year: A Workbook and Playbook for 2015, 2016 and Beyond”. For more from this Presbyterian minister, go to www.theblueroomblog.org.
- Loving Kindness: Beginning with yourself extend unconditional love in expanding circles outward. This version is by Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation.
- Be Still: Gravity brings you several varieties of this simple practice based on Psalm 46:10.
- Imaginative Prayer: Place yourself in a Biblical scene and imagine what you see, hear, smell, and the emotions and insights that occur to you.
- Caim Prayer: Circle prayer: ‘Keep ____ within, keep ____ without.’
- Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer: Pray the scriptures and open to hear a transforming word from God. Choose a sacred word to consent to God’s presence and action.
- Praying in Color: Use coloring books or templates to meditate and focus your attention on prayer concerns.
- Breath prayer: Rhythmically repeat words or phrases. Another description of Breath prayer at Gravity.
- Examen Prayer: Review a segment of your life in light of God’s providential care.
- Prayer of Examen Handout
- Walk a labyrinth: Walk a winding path leading in and out of a central space as in a journey.
- Location: First Presbyterian North lawn
- Handout: Guide to Labyrinth Prayer
- Finger labyrinth: Trace a winding path leading in and out of a central space as in a journey.
- Praying with Art – Visio Divina: Using images like scripture in a manner similar to Lectio Divina. Also includes the development of visual arts, such as photographing contemplatively.
- Welcoming Prayer: A practice that embraces painful emotions experienced in the body rather than avoiding them or trying to suppress them. It does not embrace the suffering as such but the presence of the Holy Spirit in the particular pain, whether physical, emotional, or mental. As described by Richard Rohr in his Daily Meditations.
World in Prayer – World-wide current events for prayer.
Praying for the World 7-week Course – 7 lessons for connecting your prayers with the concerns of the world around you.
You might include our local and national leaders – congregational leaders, presbytery leaders, and missionaries.
Additional contemplative practices can be found at the Tree of Contemplative Practices.