[Sit in a chair or on a pillow on the floor. Set a timer for 10 to 15 minutes.]
Assume a comfortable position with back straight and hands open, resting in your lap. …
Breathe regularly. Quiet your inner clamor. Do not fight thoughts that arise, but don’t hold onto them either. …
• When thoughts bubble up, think, “Peace,” and let go of them.
• Close your eyes and continue this exercise until the timer sounds.
—Gerrie L. Grimsley & Jane J. Young, Contemplative by Design: Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings (Upper Room Books, 2008)
When have you experienced peace as you were silent in God’s presence? Join the conversation.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
—Psalm 23:1-3a (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Come now and feed
my body, soul;
come now, infuse
the hungry whole
—Jane J. Young
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