Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Feb. 15, 2009
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Feb. 15, 2009
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house, I will bow down towards your
holy temple in awe of you."
We stretch for exercise, and prayer is no different.
Easy movements help us warm up and stretch our
praying muscles. We can move our bodies through
space in simple, symbolic movements that enhance
rather than hinder our awareness of the Holy.
Try walking with several intentional slow and
deliberate steps. Stand in your bare feet for
a few minutes in a prayer corner or on a prayer
rug. Take some easy, deeper, and slower than
usual breaths while sitting comfortably. By
taking several minutes during our busy days for
prayerful movements, we can center and relax our
spirits. Prayerful movements can help us live in
the moment gratefully aware of our bodies. If we
feel a tense part of our body, stop a moment and
acknowledge it. Relax those muscles. Tense,
breathe, and relax several times.
Consider using meaningful gestures such as
touching, bowing, smiling, genuflecting,
handshaking, or lighting a candle to help
center your spirit and focus. Simple hand
postures can greatly assist us. Try sitting
with your hands and arms open, resting your
hands palms up on your upper thighs or lap.
These simple practices help us unite our mind
and body. They help us be holy and wholly
present to our spiritual center.
Consider placing your hands together in the
universal prayer posture. Breathe quietly in
stillness for a full minute. Listen to your
body at rest.
Teach me how to pray with my body, O God,
beginning with the miracle of every breath.
Grace my prayers today with unexpected moments
of stillness and body awareness. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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