Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 20, 2011
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 20, 2011
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.
Thank you for forwarding this to your friends.
"Protect me, O God, for in you 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 your prayer.
God, bless this simple body prayer beyond our
Grace and peace,
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