Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 20, 2005
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 20, 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.
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"Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge."
Today I want to teach you a body prayer I learned
several years ago at the Shalem Institute for
Spiritual Formation. I began teaching it in
contemplative prayer workshops and churches and
sometimes used it while inviting people to the
communion table. I have seen many people
responding to its power in interfaith groups.
Perhaps it will be a blessing for you today.
As you move and breathe, feel free to adapt it
however you are most comfortable. It can be
helpful for crisis, stress, and times of inner
chaos and confusion.
The body movements are simple. Find a quiet and
private place where you will not be interrupted.
Either stand or sit in a comfortable position.
Relax and prepare yourself with simply breathing
in the word "love" and then breathing out the word
"peace." When you are ready, gently place your
hands together in the universal prayer position.
Raise your arms up to the sky with all your spoken
and unspoken questions and feelings. Slowly open
your arms and your spirit to the answers you will
receive in your interior center. Linger as long
as you are comfortable. When you wish to move on,
quietly and tenderly hug yourself in a spirit of
gentleness and kindness. Quietly open your hands
to be more available and attentive to your spirit.
Repeat these simple body movements for wordless
meditation several times. Rest. Be. Wait.
Enjoy your quiet inner spirit. Perhaps journal
a word, a phrase, a sentence of what happened in
God, bless this simple body prayer beyond our
Grace and peace,
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