I do not want my job to dictate who I need to be and how I need to act so I can achieve maximum success and yield my power.
I do not want society to inform me what I must do and what I must like so I will conform to social norms.
I do not want to feel the need to act in a certain manner so I can be liked. If I am liked I will feel good about myself. My esteem will rise.
I do not want to feel the need to have lots of Twitter or Facebook followers. This must mean I am popular. I have a following. If I lose my followers I must have done something wrong.
None of these programs for success are me. Quite honestly the more I think about it, it is just too exhausting. I have better uses of my time.
There must be a better way!
How does one become the authentic man or woman that they truly are?
Who am I?
Who does God want me to be is an even more important question?
God loves me! God wants me to feel comfortable in my own skin. God wants me to be the person I want to be. Not the one others want me to be. This is true freedom!
I learn how to become the person God wants me to be via my Centering Prayer practice.
I sit quietly with God. I ever so gently let go of all my thoughts, emotions and physical sensations. I open to and yield to God.
I believe God will act in me. God loves me! God will plant my true self seeds: confidence, wisdom, inner peace for a mission that belongs to me.
This is a mission that the Divine wishes to partner with me.
I sit with Jesus so I can learn how to walk with Jesus.
Thomas Merton sums it up so nicely.
“Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with God in the creation of our own life, our own identity, our own destiny.”
This is what I want to be!
I had a mishap and some of you did not receive my last post, Spirituality In Photography: Book Review. Please feel free to check it out now.
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I just finished Sacred Compass by J. Brent Bill and Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God by James Finley. I am currently reading The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within by Christine Valters Paintner.
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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.
I use a Prayer Rope after each Centering Prayer Sit.
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.
The early Christians, teaches the Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault, were afire with the spirit of Jesus, inspired fully by his teaching of a total transformation of consciousness. How do we reclaim that fire today? On Encountering the Wisdom Jesus, this brilliant author and dynamic Episcopalian priest presents her first full-length audio course about rediscovering the Master of Wisdom. Twelve immersive sessions cover: the parables as wisdom tools; Jesus’s teachings about kenosis (or self-emptying: a path as radical today as it was 2,000 years ago); Jesus as tantric master; Centering Prayer, an approach to meditation as Jesus lived it, and much more. (Based upon her book, The Wisdom Jesus.)
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.)
Check out my review of Christian Prayer Methods by Dr. Philip St. Romain.
Prepare to be immersed in the 1st Century A.D. context of the life, work, teachings, and actions of Jesus. Check out Simply Jesus by N. T. Wright. Enjoy an article I wrote about one of the lectures on the Beatitudes.
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