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Lenten Pilgrimage: The Six Inch Paradigm Shift

 

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Putting Our Mind Into Our Heart

All good spiritual disciplines show us how to move from our heads into our hearts. Probably a better way to put it is that we put our mind into our heart. We move from our default analytical mind, which is soul-centered, into our intuitive heart. The early monks called this putting our head into our heart.

Science shows us that when we do this, the rhythm of our brain actually begins to sync with the beat of our heart.*

There is a Franciscan prayer practice where the head is lowered below our heart to remind us that it is with our heart first, and not our head, that we seek God. In fact, you might know that the Muslim’s way of praying, bowing to the earth, was adopted from the early Christians they came in contact with.

Our mind in our heart is the inward focus of our heart where through our spirit (in Christ), we enter into God’s presence. As we’ve said before, our heart is the fulcrum point of our lives. Everything resolves in our heart. As Proverbs tells us: “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he...”

So it is with the eyes of our heart that we gaze upon God and enter in. We reflect, like Moses, the glory of God. We become what we worship.

You are the light of the world.

 

Footnotes:

* Heartmath

** Great Resource: The Heart Centering Prayer ~ Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice by Cynthia Bourgeault

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