The goal of The Faith-ing Project is to enrich your spiritual life. Our hope is that this might be a gymnasium for the soul; a library for the spirit; and a toy store for the psyche.
I’ve begun a series of reflections on contemplative themes in popular culture. ‘Mystic at the Movies’ begins with a multi-part deep dive into Academy Award Nominee ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once.’ You can read the first installment here.
I recently collaborated with the wonderful Auden Campbell to create a poem and video acccompanied by music. You can find it here.
To watch a delightful conversation I had the pleasure of participating in, click here.
These last months have been both strange and fruitful for me. I find myself exploring and considering the spiritual world from angles I’d never even considered. And when I think about a rather cruel boy scout ritual called ‘Snipe Hunting’ I see that this is a unique lens to explore the journey as a whole and these latest changes in particular. For now, Snipe Hunting is a podcast. I suspect it will become my next book.
You can listen to ‘Snipe Hunting’ here.
You can access a growing catalog of new audio meditations that have been lushly produced and musically accompanied here.
My latest book release is ‘Words Made Flesh.’
There is this disconnect. We know that The Bible is important, but it sometimes can feel so distant from us. It does not need to be this way.
Four spiritual practices can help to bring these words to life. Prayer and journaling rooted in the scriptures can begin this process. The time honored practices of Lectio Divinia and Holy Imagining take it even deeper. When we put these to work we find that eternal truths come to life in a whole new way, deeply embedded in the workings of our own lived realities.
Words Made Flesh uses the four Gospels as a case study. The four practices are applied to the story of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection. As practices and events are explored in a chronological and systematic manner, we come to appreciate Christ’s life in a whole new way, even as we learn these new practices.
‘Words Made Flesh’ is now available. You can preview the introduction here. You can order it here.
If you’re interested in books more focused on spiritual practice without the exploration of deconstruction, take a look at the faith-ing project guides. Samples of some of the Faith-ing Project guides can be found here. If you would like to go straight to ordering the books at amazon, click here.
You can find general information about building a spiritual practice here.
It’s such an honor to be involved with projects that I would listen to even if I wasn’t a participant. The ‘Be Still App’ is a prime example. They are an amazing resource and feature several meditations from this page and my books. Find out more here.
Our audiofiles have been supplemented with videos. Click here to see our audio file page.
Spiritual Exercises By Category
- Apophatic Meditations
- Audio files
- Breathing exercises
- Sacred Reading and Writing (including Lectio Divina)
- Word-based Practices
- The Enneagram
If you do not find what you are looking for here, click this link. Many of our resources, including audio files, strategies for bringing the practices home, contemplations built around the work of famous authors, and contemporary traditions can be found there.
Spiritual Exercises Listed Individually
Exercise 1: God’s Name (written and audio)
Exercise 2: Breathing With God (written and audio)
Exercise 3: A split-Breath Prayer
Exercise 4: A Time for Silence, A Time for Speaking (written and audio)
Exercise 5: Lectio Divina (written and audio)
Exercise 7: More Lectio (written and audio)
Exercise 8: Sacred Writing with an Unconscious Focus
Exercise 9: Sacred Writing With a Deliberative Focus
Exercise 11: The Word We Need the Most
Exercise 12: Constant Repetition
Exercise 13: Apophatic Meditation (written and audio)
Exercise 14: Candles, Clouds & Waves
Exercise 15: The Riverside Meditations
Exercise 16: Apophatic Meditation with Variable Phrasing
Exercise 17: Emphasizing a different word within a phrase
Exercise 18: Who am I, God? Who are you, God?
Exercise 19: A Second Riverside Meditation (A related audio accompanies this practice)
Exercise 21: Listening to God Listen to You
Exercise 22: Slowly Honing in Via Lectio
Exercise 23: The 5 Remembrances
Exercise 24: A Walk with Jesus
Exercise 33: Through a Verse, One Word at a Time
Exercise 34: The Examen with Multiple Questions
Exercise 35: Loving-Kindness and Grattitude
Exercise 36: A Welcoming Prayer (Written and audio)
Exercise 37: Apaphatic Prayer focused on Trinity
Exercise 39: Emptiness, And Fullness (A related audio file accompanies this practice)
Exercise 42: Another approach to Lectio Divina
Exercise 44: An alternative Examen
Exercise 45: The Eye Through which…
Exercise 46: Apophatic Meditation with an Emphasis on Breathing
Exercise 47: Oneness Within a Network of Living Things
Exercise 48: A Second Oneness Meditation
Exercise 49: Observing the Breath
Exercise 50: Mantra Meditation Revisited
Exercise 51: A Body Scan (Written and audio)
Exercise 52: Metta (Loving-Kindness) Meditation II
Exercise 53: You are Closer Than Our Breath
Exercise 54: Labeling Thoughts
Exercise 55: Advent Meditations
Exercise 56: Advent Visualizations
Exercise 58: God’s Breath, God’s Name.
Exercise 59: Breathing This breath with God.
Exercise 60: Beginning the Journey
Exercise 61: All Shall Be Well
Exercise 62: Embraced by the Silence
Exercise 64: St. John of the Cross and God’s Breath
Exercise 65: Hand washing as a Spiritual Practice
Exercise 67: Tonglen for Times of Strife and Discord
Exercise 68: Three approaches to Sati (mindfulness meditation)
Exercise 70: Greeting and naming (ideal for contemplative walks)
Exercise 72: Oneness on a Winter Night
Exercise 73: Whole Body Mystical Awakening
Evercise 74: Welcoming With a Bow
Exercise 75: The Possibility of Resurrection
Exercise 77: Body Scan for Pain and Soreness
Exercise 78: Finding the still point in the New Year
If you are interested in taking a look at some brief meditation prompts like the one below, click here.
So Glad to have stumbled on this site. Might you someday include practices involving art? Mandala drawing, non-dominant hand sketching, etc?
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That’s a wonderful suggestion! I have a backlog of practices I am slowly incorporating here, but my experience ends at contemplating already completed paintings and stuff. I know some of the theories on mandalas, but I have never heard of non-dominant sketching. I am really eager for suggestions, resources, tips, and the like…. So please feel free to share! (At some point I am going to work out an area of the site for user-driven activities. But I don’t have those details quite worked out.)