Contemplative Monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

Attend to Your Heart

Above all else, watch over your heart, for from it flows the springs of life. 

We learn to discern with our intuitive heart. Our heart is the seedbed of our belief.

Dear Ones Attend to Your Heart

When you read the Scriptures, is your insight intellectual or intuitive?

Do we read with our dualistic analytical mind, leaving our whole intuitive heart behind?

Do we see right and wrong, black and white, or do we see the whole expanse of interconnected unity?

Seeing In Wholeness

To see with our whole being is to see as the Apostle Paul wrote: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened…”

To see with our heart is not to leave our analytical observations behind, but it is to see more fully. Our observations are not left behind, but are tempered, and set into the fabric of the whole, whereby we learn to see with God’s eyes, with spiritual eyes in the mind of Christ.

The First Step

Until we put our mind into our heart, as the ancient desert fathers and mothers taught us, we will only see in the two dimensions of our linear thought.

Reading with Our Heart: Lectio Divina as A Spiritual Practice

Lectio Divina, a spiritual practice of the Jesuits, was develop this very thing.

I would suggest choosing a scripture or book that jumps out at you. My favorite is John.

This is a great way of getting past searching the Scriptures to allowing God to speak to our hearts.  Applying what Jesus said, “You search the Scriptures because you think in them you have eternal life, but the point to me.” Lectio Divina is like sitting at the feet of Jesus.

Hearing From Within: The Truth

The truth is the whole mosaic that is Jesus Christ, who incarnated the truth for us. The truth is not mere facts or theology, but a person, and his lifestyle of heaven on earth in our lives.

I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

These three incarnational facets of Christ cannot be dissected or understood apart from Christ is in us.

The Way of Incarnation

We hold the key. And when we are ready, Christ knocks at the door of our hearts, even every morning.

Our hearts are at the intersection of not only our minds, but of our bodies, and of our spirit. Our heart is the fulcrum point of our lives.

As the heart goes, so goes the man:

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

So God Gives Us

God gives us a new heart and a new spirit when we open our door and welcome Jesus home into our hearts. Our new heart and our new spirit are His within us…Christ in us.

The Life

May we die out to our old egoic self, that we might live out of our eternal true self in Christ our Lord.

Now, our old egoic self is not destroyed, but it is deconstructed, healed, and restored bit by bit, day by day. It comes into balance as our heart leads from our spirit, living wholeheartedly in Christ.

Our heart is the garden of God in our lives, nourishing us with the fruit of the Spirit it grows, and we become Christ presence on earth.

Blessing

Now, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us and abide in us forever. 

Notice the wholeness of God here.

Prayer

Lord, Give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to understand, that we might enter into the grace, love, and fellowship in the Trinity of God.

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