Contemplative Practices:
Drumming: Practicing surrendering the mind and attuning the body through rhythm
Walking Meditation: Taking slow, mindful steps
Ecstatic Dance: Moving freely to music
Chanting: Singing with intention
Centering Prayer: Observing and letting go of all thoughts without judgment during a period of silence
Lectio Divina: Reading short passages of text in a contemplative way
Christian Meditation: Repeating scripture or a sacred word as a mantra
Welcoming Prayer: Welcoming any feeling, sensation, or emotion that arises in the midst of your day
YHWH Prayer: Consciously saying God’s name through each breath
Pranayama: Breathing mindfully
Loving Kindness Meditation: Recognizing your inner source of loving kindness and sending love to others
Books and recordings:
Cynthia Bourgeault
  • Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening (book)
  • Chanting the Psalms (book and CD)
  • The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice (book)
James Finley
  • Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (book)
  • Merton’s Palace of Nowhere (book)
Richard Rohr
  • Beginners Mind (CD, MP3 download)
  • Contemplative Prayer (CD, MP3 download)
  • Emotional Sobriety: Rewiring Our Programs for Happiness (DVD, CD, MP3 download)
  • Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer (book)
  • The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (book)
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