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9 Healthy Ways to Deal with Anxiety Now — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Anxiety has become part of life. A part of our identity. But that doesn’t make it normal. There is nothing normal about being in a constant state of fear and panic. ~ Luminita D. Saviuc There are so many things happening in the world right. So much stress, panic, disorder, and anxiety that seems to be present everywhere. And even though it can be so easy to get pulled into all that chaos and madness, we have a choice not to…

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Praying the Ignatian Examen: Video Guided Prayer Exercise – Spiritual Article

Cultivating a relationship with God can be hard in the midst of our busy lives, and that’s why Ignatius of Loyola came up with the Examen in the 16th Century. His monks tired of all the different prayers they had to do every day, so the brilliant Ignatius came up with one prayer they could practice just three times a day. The Examen is a contemplative prayer with a somewhat scientific approach: it’s a practice repeated at least once daily…

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Daily Lent Prayer: Discernment Through Ignation Examen – Spiritual Article

Put simply, Lent is a Christian season during which we honor the sacrifice Jesus made with a sacrifice of our own. Usually, whatever it is we let go is something that’s good for us, something that clears our heads and bodies, enabling us to feel better and find a deeper relationship with the Spirit. We can do this by giving up certain foods like meat or desserts, or replacing time watching TV with time spent in prayer. For the latter…

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My Mother’s Prayer – Ignatian Spirituality – Spiritual Article

This post is based on Week One of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. Going through my mom’s prayer book after her death, I found a copy of the Anima Christi. At first this prayer didn’t capture my interest, but as time passed, it kept popping up here and there. I decided if St. Ignatius recommended it, and so did my mom, it must have something to it. At the outset, I found its references obscure. I didn’t know what the soul…

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

The Prayer Walk is a physical prayer. If you’re new to physical, body-oriented prayers, an introduction is in order. Our perception of the world and our bodies change with each other, even if we don’t know it. Our bodies react to stressful situations by increasing heart rate and breath, and sweating, even though we’re not doing any physical activity. We tend to unconsciously stand taller with better posture when we’re feeling confident, maybe in new clothes or after nailing a…

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How to Become Better, Not Bitter — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Allow life’s many pains and hardships to make you Better, not Bitter. To refine you like silver and purify you like gold. To turn your wounds into wisdom and all your difficulties into opportunities. ~ Luminita D. Saviuc Life’s many challenges are meant to make us Better, not Bitter. But it all depends on how we choose to manage our moments of hardship, intense pain, and darkness. 10 Ways to Help You Become Better, Not Bitter 1. Intend to become…

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37 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from St. Teresa of Avila — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

With a heart inflamed with love, St. Teresa of Avila taught people one of the most powerful lessons – to look for God within themselves; To pray with their own words and to seek to hear God’s voice – not Outside themselves, but in their own Interior, which she called, the “Interior Castle.” And in today’s post, you will discover, not just that one powerful lesson, but many others that can transform you and your whole life. 37 Life-Changing Lessons…

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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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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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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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Responding To Tragedies: More Than Thoughts and Prayers – Spiritual Article

When tragedy occurs we naturally want to reach out with words of comfort. We have to do better than “thoughts and prayers.” We’ve been pelted with tragedies — some human created and others of nature — and many of us are reflecting and praying. Texas mass shootings, multiple other mass shootings, Hurricane Dorian, many other hurricanes that left swaths of populated areas devastated, and the deadly California dive-boat fire are just a few of the tragedies we have grieved over…

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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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