danger, discipline, exercise, heart, Jan Phillips, meditation, No Ordinary Time, safe, soul, spiritual practices, strength, The Sophia Center for Spirituality
This morning I have just spent my first hour preparing for session 2 of our 6-session study series on the book No Ordinary Time by Jan Phillips. The study grew out of response to Jan’s visit and our meaningful workshop with her in April. We have 19 women gathering to continue pondering the fact that our ordinary lives can truly be extraordinary if we allow them to be so. Our chapter heading for tomorrow is “Discipline” and it contains several possible spiritual practices. I thought it auspicious to choose one – a simple exercise that can be easily done – as a suggestion here. See what you think about the possibility of inserting this into your everyday routine.
Come into a comfortable seated position. Sit with the back flat, crown of the head lifted, shoulders relaxed, and chest open. Rest you hands in the lap or on the knees. Close your eyes, deepen the breath and release any thoughts from the mind. Gently repeat the following softly out loud or in your mind:
May I be safe from all danger. May I be held in the arms of God. May I be strong in spirit and body. May I be true to my heart and soul.
Repeat the phrases again, changing “May I” to “May you” while you think of a specific person, or a group of people, or of the whole planet. Finish with a few slow, deep breaths, feeling compassion, love,, and kindness flowing through your body. Take a moment or two before moving on with the rest of your day. (p. 38-9)