Lectio Divina - The Sacred Art Transforming Words and Images into Heart-Centered Prayer

ISBN-10: 1594733007
ISBN-13: 9781594733000
Edition: 2011
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Description: 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.  More...

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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: LongHill Partners, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

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

Introduction
Beginning Our Exploration of Lectio Divina
Sacred Reading Listening for a Sacred Word
Invitation to Practice Lectio Divina
Suggested Texts for Lectio Divina: The Power of Words
For Reflection
At the Heart of Lectio Divina: Benedictine Spirituality and Heart-Centered Prayer
Invitation to Practice: Heart-Centered Prayer
Suggested Texts for Lectio Divina: Heart
For Reflection
The Role of Spiritual Practice Cultivating Ways of Being in the World
Invitation to Practice: Commitment
Suggested Texts for Lectio Divina: Wisdom
For Reflection
"Give Me a Word" Choosing Texts for Lectio Divina
Invitation to Practice: Varying Translations
Invitation to Practice: Learn by Heart
Suggested Texts for Lectio Divina: Encountering the Sacred
For Reflection
The Four Movements of Lectio Divina
Listening for God's Voice Lectio's Call to Awaken to the Divine
Invitation to Practice: Shimmering
Further Possibilities for Practice Using a Mantra
Synchronicity
Writing
Poetry Exploration: Haiku
Suggested Texts for Lectio Divina: Listening
For Reflection
Savoring Sacred Text Meditatio's Welcoming with All Senses
Invitation to Practice: Savoring and Stirring
Further Possibilities for Practice Savoring Life
Poetry Exploration: Cinquain
Suggested Texts for Lectio Divina: Praying with the Senses and with Sorrow
For Reflection
Summoning Your True Self Hearing Oratio's Call of the Spirit
Invitation to Practice: Summoning and Serving
Further Possibilities for Practice Finding a Soul Friend
Poetry Exploration: The Acrostic Poem
Suggested Text for Lectio Continua: Invitation
For Reflection
The Gift of Being: Resting in Contemplation Stillness and Silence
Invitation to Practice: Slowing and Stilling
Further Possibilities for Practice Poetry Exploration: 7-Line Poem
Suggested Texts for Lectio Divina: Silence
For Reflection
Reading The World
Visio Divina: Praying with images
Invitation to Practice: Visio Divina
Further Possibilities for Practice Art Expioration: Collage
Art Exploration: Mandala
For Reflection
Audio Divina: Praying with Sound
Invitation to Practice: Audio Divina
Further Possibilities for Practice Heartbeat of Lectio
Toning
Chant
For Reflection
Nature as Sacred Text
Invitation to Practice: Lectio Divina with Nature
Further Possibilities for Practice Nature as Icon
For Reflection
The Sacred Stories of Our Lives
Invitation to Practice: Lectio with Life Experience
Further Possibilities for Practice Praying Lectio with the Body
Praying Lectio with Dreams
Praying Lectio with the Newspaper
For Reflection
Afterword: The Divine Presence Is Everywhere
Acknowledgments
Retreat Experience
Lectio Divina as a Small Group Experience
Mandala
Notes
Suggested Resources

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