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Finding The Center

November 15, 2016 , , , , ,

There is a long history of contemplative practice in Christianity. In the 1970’s three monks from Massachusetts created modern instructions for centering prayer. This form of meditation is close to Yoga Nidra.  It teaches the mind to rise above the normal thoughts that inhabit our thinking.  A jolly attitude is recommended toward the thought forms that casually intrude into one’s session. By gradually improving the ability to concentrate and fully focus on the selected subject or word, those pesky internal discussions cease and desist that constant chatter.  All forms of meditation are aimed at this goal.  If we have control over our thoughts we have control over our reality.

Lectio Divina is a way to use scriptures as the focus of the silent contemplation. Since journaling is a valuable way to amplify the lessons learned a company is producing lectio divina journals with recommended scriptures for each day with plenty of space to write down any impressions or ideas that spring from the session.  These guys are monks, so they always use Christian texts, normally the Bible, for the inspiration.  They refer to this as a centering prayer, which is a perfect way to describe the experience.  Asking for divine inspiration at the outset is the way to invite holy blessings.  Writing down journal impressions creates a bridge between the contemplation and everyday life.  Insights gained are captured in the writing practice.

I think anyone can do this kind of meditation. You don’t need to use Christianity or any other specific religion to do it.  Time spent quieting the mind and discovering the power of meditation and journaling is a wonderful way to simply deal with stress in the modern world.  Simple Abundance, or gratitude journaling are secular ways to include contemplation and writing in our lives.  There are many variations on this theme.  I think now is the time to develop practices that increase our joy and comfort in the world.  We are our own best medicine when we join forces with all that is.  We will all drive ourselves mad without some well tended personal space and time dedicated to centering. I hope you will discover a method that soothes your soul and raises your happiness quotient. You don’t have to be a monk to like it.

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Love this idea. ❤

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November 15, 2016

Thomas Merton was beginning to study contemplative prayer and how it was similar between Buddhist monks and Trappist monks. Sadly, he died before he got much into it.

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John Holton

November 16, 2016

I was lucky to take a weekend workshop from James Finley, who was Merton’s student. He carries on the work as a Buddhist..very cool. Merton’s death was quite freaky.


Pamela Morse

November 17, 2016

I love this. I have been doing a lot of centering, meditation and clearing of late. I think that scriptures are useful as well as just letting go of the fears that provoke anxiety. Very smart recommendations Pam!

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

November 20, 2016

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