Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
The Inward Disciplines
Theme: We seek refuge, shelter and peace from the only one who can give it to us, our God.
How do we prepare for meditation?
What are some forms of meditation?
Practice Challenge Week One/The Practice of Meditation
Select an idea from the following list (or create your own) and implement it at least three times this week.
1. Select a Scripture passage to meditate on in the coming week – perhaps Psalm 46 or a personal favorite. Write it out on a card you can carry with you, and refer to it often, using spare moments throughout your day to reflect on it. Set aside at least one twenty-minute session for focusing on it prayerfully in greater depth.
2. Consecrate one day to seeking opportunities to practice “holy leisure” as a counterpoint to frantic or fragmented activity.
Identify a particular place that provides a setting of beauty, and spend thirty minutes there contemplating all the ways in which you can see God’s gifts to you in it. Or, simply be silent and listen for what God may have to communicate to you. If you desire to, take along a notebook and write down your thoughts.
Richard J. Foster and Katheryn A. Helmers