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Lectio divina, which means sacred reading, is an ancient contemplative practice of listening deeply to the voice of God in sacred texts. In recent years there has been a reclaiming of the riches of contemplative prayer forms of Western traditions. Through the practice of lectio divina you become present to each moment in a heart-centered way. Gradually, the practice of lectio expands your capacity to sense God¿s presence until all of life becomes a cascade of prayer. Drawing on her own experience as a monk in the world, Christine Valters Paintner breaks open the movements of this spiritual practice. She makes them accessible to the contemporary reader who longs for a more pervasive experience of the holy in the everyday but lives far away from the sanctuary of a monastery. She includes simple, engaging and meaningful prayer experiences that include: ¿ A simple, heart-centered practice to connect with the infinite Source of compassion already dwelling within you for those times when you long to cultivate more kindness toward yourself ¿ A series of contemplative practices to reclaim the lost art of savoring, to listen to what is stirring deeply within your heart and to receive the gifts of silence ¿ Expanding lectio divina beyond scriptural texts to include visual art, music, nature and life experience ¿ Suggestions for group experiences and times of retreat
Table of Contents
|Beginning Our Exploration of Lectio Divina|
|Sacred Reading Listening for a Sacred Word||p. 3|
|Invitation to Practice Lectio Divina||p. 11|
|Suggested Texts for Lectio Divina: The Power of Words||p. 13|
|For Reflection||p. 16|
|At the Heart of Lectio Divina: Benedictine Spirituality and Heart-Centered Prayer||p. 17|
|Invitation to Practice: Heart-Centered Prayer||p. 22|
|Suggested Texts for Lectio Divina: Heart||p. 25|
|For Reflection||p. 27|
|The Role of Spiritual Practice Cultivating Ways of Being in the World||p. 29|
|Invitation to Practice: Commitment||p. 40|
|Suggested Texts for Lectio Divina: Wisdom||p. 44|
|For Reflection||p. 45|
|"Give Me a Word" Choosing Texts for Lectio Divina||p. 47|
|Invitation to Practice: Varying Translations||p. 56|
|Invitation to Practice: Learn by Heart||p. 58|
|Suggested Texts for Lectio Divina: Encountering the Sacred||p. 58|
|For Reflection||p. 60|
|The Four Movements of Lectio Divina|
|Listening for God's Voice Lectio's Call to Awaken to the Divine||p. 63|
|Invitation to Practice: Shimmering||p. 71|
|Further Possibilities for Practice Using a Mantra||p. 75|
|Poetry Exploration: Haiku||p. 76|
|Suggested Texts for Lectio Divina: Listening||p. 77|
|For Reflection||p. 79|
|Savoring Sacred Text Meditatio's Welcoming with All Senses||p. 81|
|Invitation to Practice: Savoring and Stirring||p. 94|
|Further Possibilities for Practice Savoring Life||p. 96|
|Poetry Exploration: Cinquain||p. 98|
|Suggested Texts for Lectio Divina: Praying with the Senses and with Sorrow||p. 99|
|For Reflection||p. 101|
|Summoning Your True Self Hearing Oratio's Call of the Spirit||p. 103|
|Invitation to Practice: Summoning and Serving||p. 116|
|Further Possibilities for Practice Finding a Soul Friend||p. 118|
|Poetry Exploration: The Acrostic Poem||p. 119|
|Suggested Text for Lectio Continua: Invitation||p. 120|
|For Reflection||p. 122|
|The Gift of Being: Resting in Contemplation Stillness and Silence||p. 123|
|Invitation to Practice: Slowing and Stilling||p. 136|
|Further Possibilities for Practice Poetry Exploration: 7-Line Poem||p. 139|
|Suggested Texts for Lectio Divina: Silence||p. 140|
|For Reflection||p. 142|
|Reading The World|
|Visio Divina: Praying with images||p. 145|
|Invitation to Practice: Visio Divina||p. 149|
|Further Possibilities for Practice Art Expioration: Collage||p. 152|
|Art Exploration: Mandala||p. 155|
|For Reflection||p. 156|
|Audio Divina: Praying with Sound||p. 157|
|Invitation to Practice: Audio Divina||p. 162|
|Further Possibilities for Practice Heartbeat of Lectio||p. 164|
|For Reflection||p. 166|
|Nature as Sacred Text||p. 167|
|Invitation to Practice: Lectio Divina with Nature||p. 171|
|Further Possibilities for Practice Nature as Icon||p. 173|
|For Reflection||p. 174|
|The Sacred Stories of Our Lives||p. 175|
|Invitation to Practice: Lectio with Life Experience||p. 177|
|Further Possibilities for Practice Praying Lectio with the Body||p. 180|
|Praying Lectio with Dreams||p. 180|
|Praying Lectio with the Newspaper||p. 181|
|For Reflection||p. 182|
|Afterword: The Divine Presence Is Everywhere||p. 183|
|Retreat Experience||p. 188|
|Lectio Divina as a Small Group Experience||p. 191|
|Suggested Resources||p. 203|
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