Part 1: I AM in the Stillness & the Chaos
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This is intended to be a short and quick version of the Lectio Divina to help one get closer to God through prayer and deep thought. Each day should take no more than 3 to 5 minutes to complete.
This is intended to be a short and quick version of the Lectio Divina to help one to get through depression, or feel closer to God through prayer, meditation, and deep thought. I developed this for myself, to help me to be more consistent with my prayer time and focus my thought-life more on Jesus.
Like Lectio Divina this is to be done in 4 parts:
Lectio = Read;
Meditatio = Meditate;
Oratio = Pray;
Contemplatio = Contemplate;
You reread each part 2 to 3 times each before going to the next section. Each day should take no more than 3 to 5 minutes to complete. Whether you think you heard from God or not, go over the quote and scripture a final time and finish it off with an amen, then go about your day. Maybe you will hear from God through another person, maybe not.
The whole exercise is to teach us to be completely in the moment but also to learn to move on with life.
Thoughts are messy and unorganized. Plus they often make no sense. And frequently the only way to get them to make sense is by expressing them verbally. But other people don’t understand your thoughts because they don’t know why you are thinking them. You are the only one who can make sense of them. But most of the time you don’t even know why you are thinking those thoughts, or what they actually mean. And worst yet are feelings, unfortunately, feelings are informed by your thoughts, so that explains why you can often neither understand them nor makes sense of them.
“I’d rather light a candle than curse the darkness”
~ James Kelly ~
So what is the solution?
Verbalize your thoughts!
But express them to the only two persons who can understand them and make sense of them: God and yourself. If you don’t believe in God, then yourself and the wall. But just know, God is still listening, even if you aren’t speaking to Him. Your emotions are real to you, even if they are not real to anyone else, even if they are not accurate or do not accurately reflect reality, they are still real. And you have to deal with them. So, get them out, you cannot shoo away a pest if the door or window is closed. And, how do you do that? By assessing your thoughts and allowing yourself to acknowledge your feelings and control them better so that each day you can become a better version of you.
And I hope this book helps
you in doing that.
– THE CHRISTIAN NOMAD