We don’t often think about the role our bodies play in our faith and formation, but scripture teaches that to be formed by Jesus to be like Jesus for the sake of the world must include our bodies. But what does this mean. How can our faith and formation include our bodies?
On April 16th, Jason asked us to consider how we can listen to our bodies and include them in our practices.
You can find the Order of Practice here.
This week, let’s pay attention to what our body is saying to us, and let’s be curious. Is there an invitation from God in what we are hearing in our bodies? And let’s consider how we can involve our bodies in our spiritual practices. If you are unsure how to include your body in a practice, you might consider a couple of the resources below. Body Prayer and Praying with the Body are two particularly helpful resources.
Body Prayer by Doug Pagitt and Kathryn Prill
Praying with the Body by Roy DeLeon
Embracing the Body by Tara Owens
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
Brain Science, Spiritual Practices, and Christ, a Practice podcast
An Imaginative Prayer led by Eric Conner in the service above
An Embodied Examen, a Practice Podcast
The Embodied Examen led by Father Michael in the above service
The Perch is a wonderful ministry offering a variety of practices and retreats including a number of practice experiences that involve our bodies.
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