Many of you are, I suppose, stuck at home due to lockdowns designed to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus…
The present lockdowns are not what any of us want, but they are what we need right now, and they will likely stretch on much longer than we want them to. How do we stay healthy and sane under this imposed social isolation? Here are a few ideas, and some reading recommendations for each idea.
Meditation goes hand-in-hand with prayer, and can help us be more peaceful in body, mind, and spirit during these difficult times.
One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation
J. Dana Trent
In secular mainstream America, meditation has become as ubiquitous as yoga. But how does meditation fit into Christianity, and how does it differ from prayer?
One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation reframes meditation for those who are skeptical because (1) they doubt their ability to be still and quiet and (2) they doubt the validity of meditation as a Christian spiritual practice. Using scripture, theology, and examples from the early church, this book challenges the prayer habits of Christians that leave little room for enough silence to experience and listen for God.
Using five approaches–breath meditation, lectio divina, centering meditation, loving-kindness meditation, and devotional meditation–One Breath at a Time provides a practical, 40-day guide to beginning and sustaining a Christian meditation practice in an often chaotic world.
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