I recently listened to Shauna Niequist interviewed on the Newsworthy with Norsworthy podcast . Shauna discussed her newest book, Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living.
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Shauna writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life–friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, books, celebration, heartache, and all the other things that shape us, delight us, and reveal to us the heart of God. Learn more about Shauna at Shauna Niequist.
“Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth.”
Let me share some of Shauna’s beautiful and powerful words that I heard during this wonderful interview:
“If I hustle long enough the emptiness will never catch up to me.”
“Anything that is a buffer between you and your feelings becomes a drug. ”
“Work gave me a reason not to listen to my feelings. ”
“I didn’t like the person I was. I kept running. I kept working. I kept the volume up.”
“This will not make me feel loved.”
” The love I want will not be found here.”
“I am working. Traveling. Speaking too much. I needed to say no. Not just work stuff.”
“I needed to say no to other things too.”
“I thought always saying yes meant I was loved ”
“I now speak 12 times per year, not the 55 I used to do.”
“The center of my circle is: God, my husband, my kids.”
“One rung out from the center is my parents, my brothers, my closest friends.”
Ann Lamott reminds us: “I am not the flight attendant for the planet.”
Silence and Centering Prayer
“What can I do to mend or heal.”
“One method was silence and centering prayer.”
“Silence fills me with a sense of God’s love”
“I begin each day with 3 minutes of silence.”
“I am grounded in God’s unconditional love.”
“There is freedom in this!”
A Well Tended Soul
“We get to decide the size of our life.”
“Are we brave enough to be honest about the limits and capacity we have?”
“The best thing I can offer the world is who I am, a well tended soul.”
“A well tended inner life is much needed!”
“Writers shut down. Pastors shut down. They are so tired. Beyond exhausted.”
Slow….Durable and Beautiful
“Slow….durable and beautiful. That is what I want our careers to be!”
“What are the opportunities I have to connect with God, rest my body and enjoy the beauty God has made. ”
“I want to connect meaningfully with people I am close to.”
I encourage you to check out Present Over Perfect. I was delighted to learn that Shauna practices silence and centering prayer. This too is a daily practice for me.
Centering prayer reconnects me to God who loves me more than I will ever truly understand. Centering prayer recharges and refreshes me. Centering prayer teaches me how to live. It teaches me how to be more present. It teaches me how to become the person God wants me to be!
“In these pages, you’ll be invited to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.”
Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist
Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist
Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Areby Shauna Niequist
Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life by Phileena Heuertz
One on One Coaching with Rich
Does this sound like you?
“I am bored with my life?”
“I am not doing the things that I want to do in all areas of my life:”
-career, personal, family, community.
I feel unfulfilled, like I am just going through the motions everyday.
I have dreams and goals, but I am afraid to show up and take action on them.
I don’t want years to pass and be disappointed when I look back on my life.
Integrating Centering Prayer practice with your everyday life addresses all of these thoughts.
Do you want to obtain the freedom to become your true self, the person I’m created to be?
How do I create a long lasting and sustainable centering prayer practice?
I am currently taking on clients for Centering Prayer One on One Coaching sessions.
I will work with you to setup a program designed to meet your specific needs.
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Contemplative U Course- Everyday Mysticism: An Introduction to the History, Theology, and the Practice of Contemplative Christianity. It’s great for someone who is brand new, or for those looking to brush up or deepen their practice.
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David Frenette’s book The Path of Centering Prayer reenergized the Centering Prayer tradition with its fresh insights and teachings. Centering Prayer Meditations: Effortless Contemplation to Deepen Your Experience of God is a wonderful companion audio program created to be equally rewarding as a stand-alone guide – gives listeners an immersive resource to learn contemplative prayer, step by step and in the moment. With clarity and compassionate presence, Frenette explains the essential principles of this contemplative practice for both new and seasoned practitioners.
Centering Prayer is a silent prayer practice that can move you toward a profound relationship with the Spirit of God within. It is a way of praying that opens the door to the Divine Indwelling—the ground of our being. With Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating and his colleagues Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Father Carl Arico present the first online course in this method for deepening your intimacy with God and ultimately consenting to the presence and action of the Divine in all aspects of your life.
Since the time of the Desert Fathers in the third century, Finley begins, Christian mystics have practiced meditation as a way of opening to the direct presence of God in daily life. Legendary seekers such as Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila, and Meister Eckhart explored how meditation can lead us beyond the closed horizon of the ego, to an interior and holy refuge that is always available to us. On Christian Meditation, James Finley offers a gentle introduction to this all-transforming way of life, and the ever-deepening realization of oneness with Christ it leads us to. (Based upon his book, Christian Meditation.)