By Linda Douty
In a quiet place where you can be alone and quiet, focus on one thing:
- a bird at the feeder
- the ripples on a watery surface
- the shape of a cloud
- a favorite icon
- a cross at the altar
- even your own hand
Allow your breathing to become progressively slower and deeper until you relax to a pace that permits listening for God’s guidance. Don’t try to direct or manipulate your thoughts; simply allow yourself to be in God’s presence, using the object you’ve selected to guide you into a sense of peace, a surprising insight, or wherever it might lead you.
Source: From Praying in the Messiness of Life: 7 Ways to Renew Your Relationship with God by Linda Douty. Copyright © 2011 by the author. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.
Photo Credit: © Beth A. Richardson
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