That dreaded word: exercise. And in the Spiritual Realm … really?
It is a well-known fact that if you want to improve in anything, you must submit to exercises. Spiritual improvement is no different.
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola are perhaps the most well-known series of exercises. Ancient in their origin, they are still being utilized by Spiritual Directors today, including myself.
I love all Spiritual Exercises. They push me out of my comfort zone, challenge my faith, and cause me to look at things in a different way. Spiritual Exercises have helped me know myself, create new habits, and heal old wounds. Most importantly, regular practice of Spiritual Exercises help me strengthen my faith, so I am better equipped for hardships. And I’ve had my share.
The whole purpose of exercising Spiritually is to create a space for interior work to be done; giving you the opportunity to challenge what you know and advance in Spiritual Growth.
I have shared several Spiritual Exercises on my blog.
The Centering Prayer – which provides a regular method for being still in God’s presence
Lectio Divina – the ancient monastic practice of the intentional reading of Scripture,
Visio Divina – similar to Lectio Divina, yet using nature as the text, and
Developing a Rule of Life – a method for organizing your Spiritual goals.
This week I am launching a new line of digital products for dailyPAX: SelfRetreats.
Each retreat is designed around a theme, and contain relevant teaching, readings, and Spiritual Exercises. They are intended for personal use and can be worked anywhere. The first one will address “Living through Suffering.”
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