Spiritual Practices and Resources
Audio Divina (Sacred Listening) is a form of meditation like lectio divina (Sacred Reading). In audio divina, however, one invites the movement of the Holy Spirit through a musical composition rather than speaking through a text.
Bread for the Soul
One of the ways I experience God is through bread baking. Bread is so ordinary and necessary; full of mystery and sustenance. So is God. Join me, in my home kitchen, as spiritual readings are interwoven with the stages of bread production from yeast to loaf.
If you would like to bake this bread at home, but have no yeast, contact me and I will mail a packet of yeast to you: [email protected]
Preparing to pray
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:1
We may pray throughout the day by noticing God in our midst. The repetition of washing dishes or folding laundry may become prayer if our focus is on God. Interactions with others become moments of prayer when we see God in each other. When we allow ourselves to “listen with the ear of our heart” (St. Benedict), God speaks to us in ways we cannot know. We can notice God in the ordinary moments of our day, but it is also important to allow ourselves to listen and “be” with God in silence. Maybe this time works best for you first thing in the morning; maybe later at night fits better in your schedule. There is no right or wrong way to spend time with God. Sometimes the hardest part is doing it.
Seek a quiet place away from distractions. It may be helpful to write down what is on your mind; then tuck it away so you can return to it later. Have a pen and a blank journal handy to write down any thoughts that may surface after your prayer time. You might also choose to have colored pencils or markers available in case your thoughts take the form of art
As you prepare to pray, you may wish to:
- Light a candle (a common symbol of memory, prayer, and presence; of the light that darkness could not overcome, and of the life that death cannot destroy)
- Take a few deep breaths to still your mind and body
- Be silent and open your heart to God’s presence; you may wish to recite a simple prayer such as this passage from Psalm 25:
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation.
- Close your eyes and listen for God’s voice
Additional Prayer Resources:
*Bread yeast is in short supply! If you need some to make bread, contact Anne and she will mail you a few packets.
If you have questions please contact Anne Peacock.