Author: lana1967

Lectio Divina–Inspiration Sunday

Lectio Divina–Inspiration Sunday

Spirituality
I've long been fascinated with the concept of lectio divina (divine reading) of sacred texts as a means of becoming closer to God and learning more about the Scriptures. Lectio divina was established as a monastic practice by the Benedictines in the 6th century and was formalized into a 4-step process by Guigo II, a Carthusian monk, in the 12th century. Its 4 parts--reading, meditating, praying, and contemplating--do not have to be used on Christian scriptures, though. All faiths can use this way of reading their own texts or even books that don't have any "spiritual" connotation. Do you love to read current fiction? Read it with a lectio divina mindset. You may be surprised at where you find God's presence. How about poetry? Even the most "secular" of poets has a creative spirit, which

The Wounded Healer

Human Condition, Spirituality
"Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion."--Buddha "The doctor is effective only when he himself is affected. Only the wounded physician heals."--Carl Jung "When I stand before thee at the day's end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing." Rabindranath Tagore   Chiron the Centaur in Greek mythology was wounded by an arrow poisoned by a Hydra. In his search for his own cure, he discovered how to heal others. In teaching others healing arts, he found comfort for his own pain. Jung believed that a "malady of the soul" was the best training a healer could receive. Going through the same pain teaches the Wounded Healer empathy and connects the healer and "patient" spiritually. This connection transforms and heals

Finding Inspiration in Writing Again

Spirituality
I've been seeking a way to serve my community, but thought serving most of the time from a wheelchair would make it more difficult to do that. I like knowing what's going on in the world around me and being involved in it, and even though I'm an introvert, thrive on being connected with other people. So being at home without a way to do that other than the computer was starting to get to me. Even when I didn't know I was praying and reaching out to God, a Facebook invitation made me realize that I was missing an obvious opportunity—one that I've ignored over and over in my life. This blog was looking for Advent meditations focused on preparation. I've loved reading and writing ever since I can remember, and I majored in English (along with psychology) in college, but never really focuse