Doing Nothing

Doing Nothing: The Most Productive Activity You Will Ever Undertake The premise of The Joy Diet by Martha Beck is that “doing nothing is the most productive activity you will ever undertake.” By doing nothing, she means literally doing nothing. This is not prayer (at least not in the sense of talking to God). It …

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Help Yourself First

Take care of yourself so you can take care of others Before I got married, my mom gave me some advice that has stuck with me for more than 20 years. Simply this – “Take care of yourself first.” She reminded me of what happens every time you get on an airplane. The flight attendant …

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Pay Attention

How to listen to the health of your soul Dallas Willard says, “Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear its cries.” What has your soul been crying for lately? Have you heard its cries? Most of us don’t sense our soul’s cries. We’re busy with the more tangible elements of life, …

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5 Steps of The Examen

Focus on God’s presence in daily life Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit with a new friend and lead a contemplative prayer mini-retreat on the Examen. The Examen is a prayer that comes from St. Ignasius that focuses on God’s presence in the real world. It looks to a God who is near, present …

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