The Star Wars Prayer: An Excerpt From ’50 Ways To Pray’ – Spiritual Article

We live in a media-saturated culture. Each day thousands of promotional messages clamor for our attention. Television has become our national storyteller, with the TV screen becoming a focal point in most of our family rooms. But we can find prayer in our media culture — even “Star Wars.” What has prayer got to do with our media culture? Everything. Even if you were to “kill your television” and attempt to ban all brand-name advertising from entering your home, your…

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Contemplation Exercise: Here I Am Prayer – Spiritual Article

Contemplation is the stillness we need to be aware of God’s presence. Jesuit theologian Walter Burghart calls it “the long, loving look at the Real.” It is long because our relationship with God (like our relationships with people) takes time. We must devote ample time to this Person we love. It is loving because we need to shed our judgments and fears and open ourselves to love just as we are. It is a look because we must face it.…

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Sufi Meditation and Breathing Practices – Meditation Article

Sufism is the esoteric path within Islam, where the goal is to purify oneself and achieve mystical union with the Supreme (named Allah in this tradition). The practitioners of Sufism are called Sufis, and they follow a variety of spiritual practices, many of which were influenced by the tradition of Yoga in India. In this post, I’ll explore the several types of Sufi meditation techniques. Unlike many of the other meditation techniques, Sufi meditation is spiritual by nature. There is…

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Prayer of the Heart: An Excerpt From ’50 Ways To Pray’ – Spiritual Article

Let’s sit down and listen to our heart. Western culture tends to reward quick-thinking, fast, type-A people — but the constant distractions in our environment can make it hard to hear that one small voice we associate with God. Hearing that voice requires setting aside some time to focus, which helps us build our relationship with the Spirit, quiet our minds, shed our judgments and fears, and open ourselves to love just the way we are. We are constantly being…

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26 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from St. John Climacus — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

A seventh-century Greek monk, St. John Climacus (also known as John of the Ladder, John Scholasticus, and John Sinaites),  is the author of the renowned spiritual book called The Ladder, a collection of sayings and examples to illustrate how to live the monastic life.   There is much to say about this holy man and the love he anchored in this world. But my words will do him no justice. Therefore, I will keep silent and let his own words shine light on…

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18 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from St. John Vianney — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

John Vianney became renowned for his dedication to the sacrament of reconciliation (confession) for his parishioners. In fact, not long after his ordination as a priest in a little village in France called the village of Ars, the words spread about him and his divine powers. And it is said that within 30 years he received up to 20,000 pilgrimages each year. That’s how much people loved him. They all wanted to be in the presence of a holy man. To experience the…

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Remembrance Prayer: A Prayer Exercise from ’50 Ways To Pray’ – Spiritual Article

In this remembrance prayer, we look at the crucial choices we’ve made in the past and reflect on them to gain some perspective. It helps us see how our story fits into the bigger picture, where we’ve seen God in our lives, and how perhaps God is communicating with us to show us our purpose. Further, this exercise helps us determine the steps and choices we need to take to move toward that purpose. Paying attention to a memory can…

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Sitting with a Choice: Discernment Through Ignatian Examen – Spiritual Article

Here’s a simple spiritual practice you can do when sitting with a choice you need to make. It’s based on the ancient practice of the Ignatian Examen, a prayer where you take a reflective look at where you are most spiritually energized and where you are least energized (and that’s just one way to do it — there are hundreds of variations, but this one is helpful for discernment). Crafting the Question Let’s say you are trying to decide whether…

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15 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from St. Clare of Assisi — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

St. Claire Basilica, Assisi, ItalyClare of Assisi, the daughter of a count, was only 18 years old when she decided to give up a life of riches and luxury to embrace a life of piety and poverty. Touched deeply by the sweet love Francis of Assisi held in his heart for God, she sought him in secret to teach her how to live “after the manner of the holy Gospel” as well.  And he did. Following his advice, Clare left her…

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15 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from Joan of Arc — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

St. Joan of Arc proved that unimaginable things that can be achieved through us when we surrender our will to the will of the God within. A simple peasant girl living in medieval France, Joan of Arc led France to victory in its long-running war with England and helped Charles VII be crowned as the rightful king of France.  At the age of only 19, she who had saved France from the hand of its enemies and delivered its people…

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Prayer Exercise: Where Can We Find Faith In Media? – Spiritual Article

Media’s place in our lives goes beyond the “Star Wars” prayer we tried a few months ago. In our ever-connected culture, we spend a lot of time consuming various media. Since it has so much influence, even in daily conversation, we ought to take some time to intentionally analyze what we watch rather than merely consume it.  We can find meaning in the stories from popular culture. Sometimes we even feel the Spirit of God move in and among us…

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Reflection Prayer: The Traditional Ignatian Examen – Spiritual Article

One prayer exercise to get in touch with our inner senses is called The Examen. The motto in Ignatian spirituality is to “find God in all things.” We do that by examining our life. As our lives unfold with each choice, our reactions to unexpected challenges, and our search for stability in the midst of change, we get glimpses of God’s loving guidance, companionship, and support. It’s as if Jesus says, “We have eyes to see.” We develop these special…

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Breath Prayer: An Excerpt From ’50 Ways To Pray’ – Spiritual Article

It is easy in our busy lives to begin to think that we “have” bodies rather than that we “are” bodies. All of our experience of God is filtered through some aspect of our bodies — usually involving our mind at some point. It makes perfect sense, then, to acknowledge and intentionally include our bodies in prayer. That includes breath. In Jewish and Christian thought, breath is closely related to Spirit. The Hebrew word ruach means breath, spirit and wind,…

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Occult Meaning of Jupiter – This Planet in Ancient and Occult Writings – Self Improvement Article

In this post I have gathered important occult and astrological writings about Jupiter for easier personal reference and hopefully this will be useful for some of my readers as well. You can read about the occult Sun, Moon and Mercury information also.  General occult and astrological information about Jupiter Jupiter is the largest planet placed close to Saturn. He has an azure hue and finishes his course through the zodiac in 14 years, 314 days and 12 hours, according to…

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Another Way To Think About It – Self Improvement Article

A weird thing about God I’ve been thinking about for 16 years is a passage from a John Piper (a famous conservative pastor/theologian/lite misogynist) book where he talks about an elderly couple retiring together to a beach house. The book was given to me in college by someone from his publishing company for free for like, proselytizing reasons. Piper talks about a couple spent their nights taking long walks along the shoreline, collecting the beautiful and unique shells they found…

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