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Elizabeth Scupham

Spiritual Direction in groups is very powerful. The group becomes a kind of practice of listening to and for God. There is also a group comprised of spiritual directors that meets once a month. There is a lot of quiet , a lot of listening time in our meetings together, and those times are very fruitful for me, and I think for the other members as well. The discipline over time builds the potency of the work. Most urban areas now have spiritual direction resources -- I really recommend the practice. I have practiced yoga, meditation and other inner disciplines for many years, and Christian spiritual direction is... different from those other disciplines. Part of the difference is the advent part, the sense of waiting and listening. Doing just that, in community with others. It sounds too simple, but faithfulness to the practice changes hearts..
Pax et bonum..

Kevin Bussey

I spend my weekdays literally writing out my prayers. I learned this in Hybels book Too Busy Not To Pray. It has helped me slow down and thing about my prayers.


I don't currently pay much attention to posture, etc. though I find that kneeling can sometimes be very helpful. I also recently started using some prayer beads as both a tactile and visual aid in praying and it has been immensely helpful, perhaps as much as the Office.


For those who do not know the "Collect for purity" is:

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,... that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


I find that if my mind is elsewhere and not "ready" to pray, I often say the collect for purity ("...all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid...") and that gets me there.


Just found your blog!

God bless
Maria in the UK


Please talk about your contemplative prayer group.

Brother Tadhg

Yes. Some breathing exercises, some body positions, some mind-focussing etc as mentioned on website....but always room for improvement and so I'm interested to revisit your blog for more. GBY, Brother Tadhg

Kevin Bussey

No I don't,

But I would be interested in what you do. I sure would like to make my prayer life more effective.

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