Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 13, 2005
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 13, 2005
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our new book
of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved:
One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
Thank you for forwarding this to your friends.
Inner wellness and empowerment
"For 'In God we live and move and have our being'"
We can experience empowering inner wellness by
practicing simple symbolic body movements enjoyed
over the centuries by followers of many spiritual
traditions. All of us can do these ordinary
movements. Touching a tree, taking a walk,
lying in the grass, and even dancing can help
us experience a sense of wellness. Body
empowerment and wellness can be experienced
through carefully planned periods of fasting
Our bodies help us be more open and available to
our interior center. Attention to our bodies is
integral to our spiritual lives. Posture, breath,
movement, gestures, clothing, and diet all affect
our inner being and spirit.
Even when our bodies betray us through illness,
physical suffering, and aging, they can help us
live gracefully, peacefully, and joyfully. One
recent article in a Spiritual Directors' magazine
caught my attention. The author shared the insight
that even our diseases help our prayers (Earle, Mary.
"Reading the Text of an Illness." "Presence: The
Journal of Spiritual Directors International," 6:1
(2000) pp. 7-11). Quietly repeat the name of your
illness. Let it become your prayer. Meditate on
what this means for you, and where you discern God's
loving, holy presence. Consider writing your
prayers. Our bodies help us pray as we age and
experience health, illness, and trauma.
God, even if my body is aging and failing me, help
me pray with the body I have. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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