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Examen of Consciousness

6 May, 2003 9:11 AM

Looking forward to Living Room tonight - we're going to take a look at St. Ignatius Loyola's Examen of Consciousness method of prayer. Its a way of seeing God and connecting with him in the everyday of life that I've found really helpful over the years. Will post more later...

Has anyone else used it in their communities?

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In our gatherings, we've done a version of the examen that we found in a book "Sleeping with Bread." The review portion focuses on two questions: when was I most alive (or felt closest to God)? and when was I least alive (felt farthest from God)? Then we walk around and explore those incidents or experiences (still individually and in silence). Usually we stay within the last 24 hours. There's something amazing about sitting in silence with a group of people for 5, 10 or 15 minutes. We've found that other meditative prayer exercises work well in a group setting as well. Doing them both individually and together has led to an increased vibrancy in our spiritual lives. I look forward to hearing how it goes for you.

ron » 7 May, 2003 5:43 AM

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