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Listening to the Spirit April 24, 2006

Posted by sensawunda in Spirituality.
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“Be Still” is an instructional DVD on the subject of Christian contemplative prayer and meditation.

It has several segments, most of which involve interviews with a number of contemporary Christian writers such as Beth Moore and Max Lucado. There’s background—what contemplative prayer is and why it’s an important practice, and thumbnail bios of famous contemplatives in church history, like Teresa of Avila.

Then you get to how-tos—how to carve out a time and place for the practice, a suggested individual method, and a suggested small-group method.

One segment addresses the difference between Eastern meditation and Christian meditation. In Eastern meditation, the goal is to dissolve the self. But in Christianity, the individual is important, and the goal is to establish and strengthen a personal relationship with the Lord. (Historically, it’s actually because of the influence of Christianity that Western thought considers individuality important!)

They don’t try to sell any guarantees that you’ll see visions and dream dreams… there’s no vending-machine god here. The point is simply that if you’re trying to have a relationship with someone, it’s a good thing to stop talking (praying) once in a while and listen, just in case the other party might have something to say.

I’ve been trying the individual method and, just as they say, sometimes it’s hard to concentrate, sometimes I don’t seem to get much out of it (except 20 minutes of relaxing on my porch, which is nothing to sneeze at)… but some days I gain a profound insight. And that’s a sensation of true wonder.

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1. Michelle Black - May 12, 2006

Thanks for that. It seems an easy thing to do, to stop and listen but when you actually get to the listening part you realize how difficult that really easy. My mind wanders so much, it would be a huge accomplishment to listen to the spirit, for me. ^_^


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