Suggestions and Resources
We’ve written these brief meditations so that, if you like, you can consume a whole post within seconds.
However, we’ve also written them so that you can use them for deeper, more contemplative reflection. Use each post as you need, but here are our suggestions…
Before beginning, prepare to read with focus and intent.
- Minimize or hide all other tabs/pages.
- Silence all phones, ads, and blinking notifications.
- Close your eyes and take a deep breath.
- …Remember to exhale.
As you read the post:
Look at the images. See what you notice.
Read the text. See what stands out to you.
Read the text again.
Look at the images again.
Do it again, since–admit it–you quickly got distracted the first two times.
Sit in silence. This can be 10 seconds or 10 minutes. Practice just being still.
Read the prayer.
Let it shape you, your hour, your day, your week.
Go forth back into the world. (We promise its demands waited while you took this break.)
If you would like to know more about different types of prayer, there are many resources available on the internet and in books. Here are a few more resources.
- Daily Prayer App, offered by the Presbyterian Church USA
- Sacred Space, a website run by Irish Jesuits
- Celtic Daily Prayer, a website (and book) offered by the Northumbria Community
- Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Enuma Okoro).
- 50 Ways to Pray: Prayer from Many Traditions and Times (Teresa A. Blythe)
- Praying in Color (Sybil MacBeth)
- Particularly interested in more praying with images and words? Check out the resources available from the St. John’s Bible, an illuminated manuscript created in Minnesota. More information HERE.