Who Am I?

I am an introvert.  I enjoy time in solitude.  I need to take time to be by myself.  I love to write.  I get to create when I write.  I learn about myself when I write.

I like to watch college football.  I love to sit in Heinz Field and watch Pitt Panther football.  It is my special time with my eldest son.  I love to hear the roar of the crowd.  I love when the band runs on the field at the start of the game.autumn-1785613_1280

I love to travel.  I love the ocean.  I love cities.  I love to go out to breakfast.  I like to go to the gym with a friend. I like to cook dinner for the family.  I love to spend time with my children.

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However, sometimes I lack confidence.  Sometimes I am lonely.  Sometimes I am afraid to try new things.  Sometimes I am stressed at work.  Sometimes I wonder if I need to change my career.  I often procrastinate.  I write my need to do lists that never seem to get started.

These are things that I enjoy.  These are also things about myself that I wish to deny, repress and ignore.  Are they who I am?  Who am I?

I am a child of God.  I am unconditionally loved by God.  God wants to free me!  God wants to free me to be the person He intended me to be.  God wants me to take steps in faith.

Silent prayer teaches me who I am.  Silent prayer teaches me how to live each day.  Silent prayer shows me what it is I need to do each day.  Silent prayer reveals the actions I need to take.

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Go Further

Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots by Amos Smith

Be Still and Listen: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life  by Amos Smith

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault

The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God by David Frenette

Paul R Smith, Is Your God Big Enough? Close Enough? You Enough?: Jesus and the Three Faces of God


Silence and the Spiritual Journey by Contemplative Outreach: The purpose of our historical lifetime is to provide us with space for the upward journey of evolution into vertical time and our assimilation of the eternal values that Christ brought into the world. This journey consists of everything from great touches of God (consolations) to the Dark Nights.

Lectio Divina Heart to Heart – Listening and Living with God by Contemplative Outreach: The ancient practice of praying the Scriptures is being rediscovered and renewed in our time. Known as Lectio Divina (Divine Reading), it is one of the great treasures of the Christian tradition of prayer.

The Art of Letting Go:  Living the Wisdom of Saint Francis – Fr. Rohr gives us a six-session learning course that explores: the surprising richness we discover through simplifying our lives (without taking a vow of poverty); liberation from our self-limiting biases and certitudes; contemplation and action, two key steps toward communing more deeply with the Divine; and more.

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