We are not lost, we are not alone, we are not wanderers, flounderers, nor sitting ducks in a sea of probability. We are worshipers in the service of Divinity.
Research also suggests that these and other changes translate to lower levels of stress and anxiety and greater well-being. And you don’t need to meditate for years on end to start reaping the benefits: One study showed brain transformations after just 8 weeks of regular meditation.
How does our heart become one with God? We connect to the heart of God, creation and the contemporary world through the rhythms of prayer, contemplation and solitude. These are the three things that unite us with God. Ray Simpson
When all else fails, and you don’t even know what or how to pray. Think on the Holy Spirit. Our comforter and guide. Awaken the presence of the Holy spirit within you. Meditate on the person and power of the Holy Spirit. Ponder on His eternal characteristics and personality.
Awaken the Spirit is both intriguing and exciting. It skillfully fuses Sacred Texts (from the Bible), plus strong and evocative imagery, with reflection and meditation and the insights of personal experience. In one way this is a ‘safe’ book – it is accessible for just about anyone, whatever their spiritual path. It is exploratory and not assertive. In another way this is a risky book – it invites not only our interest but also our response. It connects us to our spiritual selves and our spiritual selves to a God who reveals in the world around and in the stories and discoveries of godly people through history and now, and most specifically to the life and teaching of Jesus and his followers.
Meditation or contemplative prayer has been apart of Christian tradition since its earliest days.
It is an ancient principle that is proven to: reduce anxiety
relieves depression, reduce stress and helps you to sleep.
On the Tree of Contemplative Practices, the roots symbolize the two intentions that are the foundation of all contemplative practices. The roots of the tree represent communion and connection and awareness.
During the course of my life I have experienced seasons that I would describe as ‘Great Sadness’. Our sense of self worth evaporates and we feel like we are locked in a prison, weak and impotent, unable to break free. Let me share with you the secret to performing a prison break that would make James Bond envious. But because this prison is complex it will require three keys to unlock the door.