I am excited to share my interview with Nikki Rach.
Nikki is a sojourner along side of you. She shares from her personal walk in hopes that the resources she discovers and creates can be a blessing to you on your own journey. The Bible Meditation Podcasts are an invitation into her daily quiet time. She invites you to come and walk together.
Learn more about Nikki at NikkiRach.com.
Now on to our interview.
Tell us a little bit about your podcast: The Bible Meditation Podcast. When did it start? Why did you begin your podcast? What can we expect to hear?
I started the Bible Meditation Podcast on September of 2017 because I was realizing the value of meditation in my spiritual journey but could not find a daily resource with a Christian emphasis. So I started this as a Scripture based version of the HeadSpace App.
Mon- Fri listeners will find a 10-12 minute guided meditation which takes us through a passage of Scripture, using our senses to engage our mind and experience the passage. I am essentially inviting people into my personal spiritual journey in hopes of filling a void.
Saturday podcasts offer a 20-25 minute teaching session about some aspect of the contemplative life. Often this will include interviews with thought leaders on various topics.
Sunday podcasts provide a reading of the passages selected in the Lectionary Reading. This is given as a way to help people prepare their heart and mind for worship.
Tell us a little bit about your web site. Your site indicates that it focuses on four inward spiritual disciplines: meditation, prayer, study and fasting.
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My personal journey has been heavily influenced by Richard Foster’s book “Celebration of Discipline”. As I launched the website, I narrowed my focus to the four inward disciplines from that book. There is a table with resources on meditation, prayer, Bible study and fasting. The most active resource is the podcast, however the site offers rich resources and links to other information available online or in print.
What are some unexpected fruits that you have experienced as a result of your podcast?
When I first started the podcast, I did not intend to interview people on Saturdays. Instead I was simply gong to teach or share selected passages from books. But as I have begun to include interviews I have had the opportunity to meet some fantastic people offering a unique ministry. It has opened my eyes to a whole new dimension of spirituality I was pretty much unaware of 12 months ago. This adventure has led to a new depth within my own walk.
What is prayer? How do you pray?
Prayer is being attentive to the presence of God here, now.
Since the start of Lent, mid-February, I have been practicing Centering Prayer for 20 minutes twice a day. Then after my sit, I journal for about another 10 minutes. This hour a day in silence, being attune to God, listening to God, creating space for the Spirit to work in imperceptible ways has helped to usher in a new level of healing to my life.
Do you have any existing or upcoming projects that you wish to share?
I will be offering a contemplative retreat at the beginning of November. This will combine contemplative practices, Lectio Divina resources, Spiritual Direction, and time away at the beach. People can get more information by contacting me through my website: NikkiRach.com
What is (are) the best place for people to find you to learn more about you and your work?
Facebook Group: Spiritual Disciplines for Today (this is a closed group, but I will add someone who requests to join us)
Email me directly at: Nikki.Rach@NikkiRach.com
Nikki, Thank you for taking the time to let me interview you.
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