What Are Your Portals to the Divine?

Everything we see in our world can be a practice or portal for contemplative prayer.

– Nicholas Amato

I read the above quote in Living in God: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action by Nicholas Amato.

Let me share some of my everyday portals:


  • Centering prayer is my daily portal to contemplative prayer: rest in God.
  • I particularly enjoy to drink a fresh pot of french pressed coffee with my wife.
  • When my sixteen year old daughter edits my upcoming blog posts
  • A leisurely stroll through the neighborhood with my wife, daughter, son and sandy (golden doodle)
  • Time alone to read a good book
  • A gaze into the flickering flames of our gas fireplace
  • To explore a small town on foot
  • A silent afternoon walk on a quiet path in the woods
  • A clear night sky lit up with millions and billions of stars
  • When I watch my children play
  • To quietly sit at a family gathering and watch and listen
  • The sounds and smells of the waves on a morning or evening walk on the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk
  • A holiday movie with my wonderful wife
  • When I take turns to read with my nine year old son
  • To savor an evening meal at a restaurant with my twenty year old son


What is your daily portal to the Divine?

Go Further:

Living in God: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action by Nicholas Amato.  Enjoy my review of this wonderful book.

Moving from Stress to Joy by Nicholas Amato

Eyes of the Heart:  Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice by Christine Valters Paintner. (Enjoy my review.)

The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within by Christine Valters Paintner

Spirituality in Photography: Taking pictures with deeper vision by Philip Richter (Enjoy my review.)

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

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