January is a great time to consider our spiritual growth plan for the coming year. In the coming weeks I will share several spiritual practices you may wish to add to your daily spiritual regimen. I define a spiritual practice as “a regular rendezvous with God with no other agenda than to know and experience His presence and love.”
A favorite spiritual practice of mine that allows one to go deeper by pulling together the head and heart, left and right brain, and the rational and contemplative mind is that of repeating, chanting, or meditating on Holy Scripture. In this particular exercise we repeat a familiar passage from Psalm 46 and take away one word at a time. As we do, it slowly takes us down from conceptual thinking to just being.
To begin, bring yourself into a posture of reverence and silence. Then repeat or chant slowly:
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am.
Be still and know.
Repeat this exercise at least three times. Close by sitting for a few minutes in silence.
If you want to go deeper with this practice, pay close attention to a word or phrase that repeatedly speaks to you. Write it down and place it in your pocket or purse. Come back to this word or phrase throughout the day, being present to its insights, impact and invitation.
Posted on January 7, 2020