PERSONAL SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
Looking to cultivate a deeper life and relationship with God? Spiritual direction can assist you in the path of spiritual growth as you learn to discern where God is working in your life. Contact Professor Howard Baker, Director of Spiritual Formation, for a current list of Spiritual Directors.
DEVELOP YOUR SPIRITUAL AWARENESS
The practice of taking a close look as your own spiritual well-being on a regular basis is an excellent practice to help direct attention to what might otherwise be missed in the distraction of busyness.
This rhythm is an intentional time to notice where God has been at work. The most famous of this type of practice is commonly referred to as the "examen" and is recommended as a daily practice.
There are also methods which are intended for longer intervals as well. Whichever fits best, each will help to draw your attention to how God's internal movement is ever-present in your external comings and goings.
An Outline of the Examen
"Rummaging for God: Praying Backwards through Your Day"
A PERSONAL RULE OF LIFE
Whether unconscious or written out, we all have rules, schedules, or expectations that dictate the way we live our days. When organized into a single resource of guiding principles for a person or community, these documents have commonly been referred to a as a "Rule of Life."
Almost every monastic community has such a document, and they can be useful to the individual as well. These guides are developed to be intentional about the rhythms built into our days, weeks, and months.
The effort spent in developing a personal rule, or rhythm, is a great way to partner with God in the transformation only He can bring to our lives.
Wading into a Rule of Life
Creating a Personal Rule of Life
Since its beginning, the church has linked intentional practices, relationships, and experiences to their pursuit for more of God. There are many habits which can help one to learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
Good spiritual habits can help root out vice, or be used as a tool in cultivating virtue. These habits invite us to create space for Jesus and discover the true nature of our desires. Here are just a few examples:
Practicing the Presence
METHODS OF PRAYER
Many of us were taught that prayer was talking to God with bowed heads and folded hands. But as we grew up, we realized it was and can be a rich conversation deepening our relationship with our Creator.
Just like there are so many ways to enjoy a conversation with a significant other, there are many styles of prayer which can help us connect our heart with the one we love who is Love.
Praying With Scripture: "Lectio Divina"