Agape’ Meditation Practices Newsletter
Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Service
for Sunday, August 10, 2014
Nineteenth Sunday Ordinary Time
At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter. Then the LORD said to him, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.” A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD— but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake— but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire— but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.
1 Kings 19: 9a, 11-13a
Ps 85: 9-14
Rom 9: 1-5
Mt 14: 22-33
Be still. Be quiet. This is where we find God. In truth, there is no place where God is not, but in order for us to hear the still, small voice of God where our truth remains, we must find a way to be still, to be quiet, to be silent. Here is where we find the tiny, whispering voice of God.
How are you taking time to be quiet and still?
Spiritual Practices – Finding God in the Silence
Centering Prayer is the most commonly known Christian form of silent meditation. Centering prayer invites us to be silent so that we can listen to the still small voice of God within.
- Set aside 20-30 minutes to do this practice.
- Sitting in silence, draw your awareness to your breath. Allow your breath to be your focal point, or if you need something more tangible, choose a word such as love, peace, Jesus.
- Simply sit in silence, keeping your focus on your breath or your chosen word.
- When you find your mind wandering (and it will), return your attention to your focal point.
- Continue this practice for 20-30 minutes.
In Authentic Freedom we look to the crown chakra – the energy center located at the top of our head, as the place through which we remember our Oneness with God in an eternal state of peace and love. It is through this center that we are opening to remembering this connection and through which we grow in humility – knowing that we are nothing without God and that it is in our connection with God that we find peace, comfort, contentment, love and joy. When we have forgotten this connection, we experience pride and find ourselves living out of the compulsion of pride – believing we can do it alone, that we do not need God, or that we are alone and without God’s love and support.
Where in your life are you aware that you are living out of pride instead of humility?
Where in your life are you aware of your dependence on God?
Where are you remembering your Oneness with God as experienced in contentment, love and joy?