There’s an element that exists to my faith, my spirituality, my finding-myself-in-God-ness that can only be found in an exercise called lectio divina. It’s been a rhythmic part of my life for the last ten years now. It’s woken up different parts of my soul made dead. It’s provided me with community and oneness both, both of which I think we all desire, whether or not that’s found in a faith environment or not.
So, today I let you in to the practice with a post I wrote for The Mudroom this last week. You can find all of it here, or keep reading for an excerpt a couple of paragraphs in:
Heading to the front room, we wrap our bodies in blankets and find our chair of choice. We wait for Terry to pass out the lectionary packets and to ring the bell for silence.
“We ring this bell to symbolize entering into this space together,” Terry says. “Take some time to still and quiet yourself before God; if you find your mind wandering, consider repeating an ancient phrase like, Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, or Come Lord Jesus, over and over again.”
It’s like she knows my mind has a propensity to wander – to think about everything I haven’t yet done that day, to wrestle over stressful situations, to replay conversations in my mind. But like a fly buzzing over my head, I try my hardest to shoo wandering thoughts away. I sit in silence before the One who covets my attention. I close my eyes and practice breathing and repeating guided focus words, just like she’s taught me to do.
Curious as to the rest of the experience? Head over to The Mudroom by clicking here.
Have a great weekend!
So, how about you? Whatever your tradition, have you ever participated in a practice like lectio divina? If so, what was it like? How did it change you?0