Contemplative Monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

Why You Need A Spiritual Practice

 

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We’ve all had those moments when everything comes together into that one perfect flowing moment of time.

Maybe while we’re running, gazing at the ocean, into our lover’s eyes, up into the night sky, or dancing in the flow of worship…where everything seems to expand, or better yet, we seem to expand, feeling larger in the vastness around us.

What If?

What would happen if we could have more of these moments, expand them, or set ourselves up for more and more of these breakthroughs, where everything is perfect and whole, the way it’s meant to be.

This is why you need a spiritual practice. This is what a spiritual practice is about.

Spiritual Practice ~ Practice Your Spirit

Intellectual engagement is soul-centered and it’s not enough.

We have to all learn how to enter into the flow, the dance, and the presence of God. It’s not a given with coming to Jesus.

In meditation, we move from our body and our soul into our spirit. We don’t leave our body or our soul, but we become spirit-centered.

When our consciousness is spirit-centered, it’s called contemplation, expanded awareness, or mindfulness. 

This is the purpose of a spiritual practice in our devotional life, to get us out of our heads into God’s head.

Here’s Why

As God is Spirit, so the mind of Christ is spiritual, and God’s Spirit creates and grows love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control within the garden of our heart and soul. We work out what God has worked within us.

As the Last Adam is a life-giving spirit, so are we in Christ. Which is why Jesus tells us to abide in the Vine, so that we will have the spiritual life flow to grow this fruit.

The spiritual life-flow of God’s life is so crucial, Jesus tells us that “apart from me, you can do nothing.” ~ Selah

Jesus goes so far as to tell Martha, before he raised Lazarus from the dead “…the one who believes in Me will live, even though they die. But everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this?”

Jesus is talking about eternal life here and now…the flowing of eternal spiritual life of God within us.

Living eternal life is what a good solid spiritual practice is about.

Do you currently have a spiritual practice? Let me encourage you to start one.

What you savor is what you will retain and grow.

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  • Ana Lisa de Jong

    Thank you for this. It was a recent Facebook post of yours that started me praying the Daily Office (through the Northumbria Community). Praying three to four times a day has now become a beautiful rhythm for me. It points me back to my spiritual home and keeps me in a place of peace and security. Thank you so much Contemplative Monk 🙂

  • You’re welcome! That is so Awesome Ana Lisa! So encouraging. I’m excited for you. And as you go along notice God morphing your practice to your own style. Be gentle with yourself. Spirituality is about intimacy, rather than performance. Twenty minutes a day or four times a day, whatever it takes. As CS Lewis put it, “Higher up and further in.”

  • Ana Lisa de Jong

    Thanks. Yes am finding I will often find myself speaking in tongues before or after or during. Having the Daily Office is a skeleton, foundation around which our prayer is built, it is a reminder to stop and check in with God. For me, trying to remember to pray through the day was hard, but this has me excited, a special time with God with candles or just sitting for a moment with my lunch, or reading the evening prayers to my husband as he lies in my arms, (he is not a church going Christian) has made it very special. Thanks for helping lead me to the contemplative paths I have always wanted to follow:)

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