Day 20 and 21, January 26th and 27th
Confession of Peter
Each week of the 21-Day Prayer Challenge you have the opportunity to practice five different Spiritual Practices as a guided audio meditation from Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday you may want to make-up a practice if you missed one during the week, repeat your favorite exercise from the week, choose a Bonus Challenge from the last two weeks (week 1, week 2), pick a practice from the list below or so one of your own spiritual practices. Use this weekend to continue to create your habit of daily prayer by doing a spiritual practice or your choosing that opens your heart to the Divine.
Additional Spiritual Practices
Meditative Walk (Hike)
From Jonathan Stalls, founder of Walk2Connect
“I can’t think of a better way to bring mindfulness practice into our body and into the outside world than through walking, strolling, or rolling at one to three miles an hour. It changes everything. It trains us, both on the inside and the outside, to begin seeing God, the Great Spirit, in ourselves and in others in such foundational ways. This humble posture invites us into the fragile details behind our own breath, the curious creatures high in the trees, and the struggle in being a pedestrian in today’s time. Whether it’s twenty minutes or four hours, mindful walking can invite new ideas, new ways of seeing, and new ways of understanding with every step.
The YHWH Prayer
The Jews did not speak God’s name, but breathed it with an open mouth and throat: inhale—Yah; exhale—weh. By our very breathing we are speaking the name of God and participating in God’s breath. This is our first and our last word as we enter and leave the world.
Breathe the syllables with open mouth and lips, relaxed tongue:
During a period of meditation, perhaps twenty minutes, use this breath as a touchstone. Begin by connecting with your intention, your desire to be present to God. Breathe naturally, slowly, and deeply, inhaling and exhaling Yah-weh. Let your focus on the syllables soften and fall away into silence. If a thought, emotion, or sensation arises, observe but don’t latch on to it. Simply return to breathing.
You may be distracted numerous times. And perhaps your entire practice will be full of sensations clamoring for attention. Contemplation is truly an exercise in humility! But each interruption is yet another opportunity to return to Presence, to conscious participation in God’s life.
Ecstatic Dance -this one is a little out there but a neat way to connect with God from Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations
Choose a favorite or new piece of music—classical, world, contemporary; anything that calls you to move!—and find a place in which you can listen and move without inhibition, barefooted if possible.
Allow your body to lead, following the invitation of the music. Let your mind take a back seat and tune in to the sensations of each part of your body.
Feel your feet connect with the ground. Let limbs and joints turn and bend as they will. Swing and sway your head, shoulders, hips. Sink deep into your body, remembering what it is to be a human animal.
Dance until you are pleasantly tired and then gradually slow your movements, perhaps to another musical tempo. Continue moving in smaller, gentler ways: breathe deeply, stretch your arms and legs, roll your head.
Come to a seated position and rest in stillness.
Create Sacred Art
After Your Spiritual Practice
Please take a few moments now and reflect on how this experience has impacted you, below there is a list of reflection questions for you to consider. You are invited to then provide written comments in the Comment section below the Reflection Questions about your experience. Please feel free to share with the group whatever seems relevant to you.
In order to make this a rich aspect of the Challenge, please be sure to log in and leave a comment, even if it is just a brief one. You are also encouraged to provide positive, reinforcing feedback on each other’s comments. We look forward to learning from each other and lifting each other up as we work to enhance our spiritual lives with this intentional time of prayer and reflection.
How do you feel about the prayer experience today? How did it open your heart to God?
What is God calling you to do today or this week?
Did you find anything particularly challenging about the experience?