Word-Based Practices

Ordinarily, of course, words are combinations of sounds that come to stand for certain things, actions, or ideas.

In contemplative activities, we sometimes use words in a different way.  We might, for example, carefully select the word we need most to help us dismiss everything that might get in the way.  To explore this exercise, click here.

On the other hand, we might use a word to paradoxically reach a state beyond words.  Sometimes we might say this word to ourselves unceasingly.  To try this practice, click here.

Other times, we might summon the word whenever we are feeling that a thoughts or emotions are about to intrude our sense of quiet.  To explore this practice, click here.

There are 5 realities identified by the Buddha.  We spend a lot of energy and time running from these.  To explore these, click here.

St. Ignatius developed a method of reflection over the last 24 hours of our lives.  To explore the Examen, click here.   

A different approach to the Examen can be found here.

The “Jesus Prayer” is a staple of the Eastern (Orthodox) tradition.  To explore it, click here.

There is a word-based practice which is challenging and works best with no introduction.  Explore it here.

To consider a word-based practice which began in the Buddhist tradition but which I also offer a Christian variation of, aimed at building loving-kindness and gratitude, click here.

The Welcoming Prayer is an approach to embracing difficult emotions and experiences.  Click here to give it a try.

Many have drawn solace from the phrase, “Be still and know that I am your God.”  To engage a practice using this phrase, click here.



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