In prayer, when I attend to this body, there are two things I do. I remember and invoke sensations of God's presence that I experienced in the past. (See Where to start?). Ignatius calls this repetition. I feel into this body and attend to the body's sensations. The body tells me what I need to … Continue reading Repetition

What is the sensation of prayer? 10 steps to knowing God

How can you draw close to God when you are far from your own self? Grant, Lord, that I may know myself, that I may know thee. Augustine There is no deep knowing of God without a deep knowing of the self and no deep knowing of self without a deep knowing of God. Calvin, … Continue reading What is the sensation of prayer? 10 steps to knowing God


I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you … Continue reading Waiting

Read from the heart

But these two ways of describing the mystery of God—the way of darkness and the way of light, the ambiguity of silence and the transparency of articulation—can never be separated. There is danger in posing a sharp dichotomy between apophatic and kataphatic approaches, as if one were superior to the other, as if the higher … Continue reading Read from the heart

11 Ways of Dealing with Anxiety: Roundup

Anxiety is excitement without breathing. Fritz Perls So here we are: 11 Ways of Dealing with Anxiety. It took a while! Here's where we have been: Breathe Feel into this body Meeting with stillness Prayer Pause Talking Writing Walking and Nature Doing the dishes Identifying fallacious reasoning Suffer the child The next step Here are … Continue reading 11 Ways of Dealing with Anxiety: Roundup