Christian mindfulness is drawn from ancient prayer practices of the Christian contemplative heritage, notably the fathers and mothers of the desert, Lectio Divina (praying the scriptures), The Cloud of Unknowing, St. John of the Cross & St. Theresa of Avila.
Being attentive to the Presence of God is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer.
“When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.” Mt 6:6
In truth, God is always there and available in each moment of our lives. We can abide in His Presence as we prepare dinner, help our children with their homework, take a phone call, go shopping in the local mall, attend a contentious business meeting, or walk down the street. The practice is surprisingly simple: Pay attention to what you are doing and do it for the love of God.
This retreat explores in depth the contemplative prayer practice of living in the present moment with attention and intention. We will explore, create, and practice simple habits for your consistent spiritual growth. This is a retreat about rituals for everyday people. Rituals are basically habits we're aware of. We are creatures of habit, and this course is about paying closer attention to your habits, and adding intention and desire to the habits you want to keep.
With our consent to God’s presence and action within, we can embark on a journey of transformation of body, mind, heart, and soul.