Month: May 2020

Going Deeper – 05.31.2020

GOING DEEPER

05.31.2020 | JUST BE | Wk 6: “Just Be Trusting”

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Breaking Ground

What is the most scared you’ve ever been? What happened? 

The Dig

How do you define trust? What does it mean to trust someone

How does trust relate to fear? 

Where do you struggle the most with fear? 

Read Psalm 3. Here we find David processing through his fears as he is being chased by an army led by his son Absalom. 

What stands out after the first read? How does the Psalm impact you? 

Next, walk through the Psalm as a way of reflection as discussed in the Sunday message. 

David begins by identifying his fears – both the specific circumstances/stimulus (his danger) & the story about what that means (that God has abandoned him). 

Where are you currently experiencing fear in your world? What is the specific cause of that fear? What internal stories that you believe about yourself might it be colliding with? 

Next, David reorients his focus in three ways. First, he moves from focusing on his circumstances to seeking God’s presence in his circumstances. How might this reorientation of focus impact how you are experiencing your own experience of fear? 

Second, he moves from what he wants to happen to how what is happening might be able to teach him. How might this reorientation of focus impact how you are experiencing your own experience of fear? 

Third, he moves from focusing on what he’s done to who God is. How might this reorientation of focus impact how you are experiencing your own experience of fear? 

Finally, David gives full vent to his emotions, but doesn’t act on them – instead, he surrenders the situation, story, emotions, fear, & what comes next entirely to God

What emotions do you need to let out from your situation? 

What would it mean to live without fear in that situation?

What is one step you can take to surrender what comes next

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to pray the Psalms. Each day:

  • Pick a Psalm
  • Read through it in its entirety 
  • Sit with it in silence
  • Go through it one verse at a time & do your best to apply the emotions, struggles, or movements of the Psalm to a situation in your own life
  • Close by praying to God for discernment & wisdom on how to apply the Psalm to your life

Journal about your experience with this practice. Note anything that stands out or really hits home. Share your experience with your growth group next week!

Additional Resources*

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun

Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating

The Naked Now by Richard Rohr

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, June 7: Join us for the next week of our series Just Be, where we will be looking at how to just be grateful

* Please see mye3.org for details.

 

Message Slides – 05.31.2020

Just Be | Wk 6: “Just Be Trusting”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 05.31.2020

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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Just Be - Final

 

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Psalm 3:1-2 (NIV)

 

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The Movement of Psalm 3

  1. Come before God in prayer
  2. Name your fear & listen (BOTH the circumstance & deeper story)

 

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“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert, Dune

 

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Psalm 3:3-4 (NIV) 

 

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The Movement of Psalm 3

  1. Come before God in prayer
  2. Name your fear & listen (BOTH the circumstance & deeper story)
  3. Reorient your perspective
    1. From the circumstance to God’s presence with you
    2. From what you want to happen to what this can teach you 
    3. From what you’ve done to who God is

 

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Psalm 3:5-8 (NIV)

 

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The Movement of Psalm 3

  1. Come before God in prayer
  2. Name your fear & listen (BOTH the circumstance & deeper story)
  3. Reorient your perspective 
    1. From the circumstance to God’s presence with you
    2. From what you want to happen to what this can teach you 
    3. From what you’ve done to who God is
  4. Acknowledge your emotions, feel them, give them to God, & trust Him with what you need to do next

 

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PRAYING THE PSALMS – read it, sit with it, find yourself in it

PRAYING PSALM 3

  1. IDENTIFY where you are experiencing fear (the specific circumstance & story underneath it)
  2. ACKNOWLEDGE God’s Presence with you
  3. REFLECT on what your fear might teach you
  4. REORIENT your perspective 
  5. FEEL your emotions
  6. SURRENDER the situation, story, emotions, & fear to God

 

 

Message Slides – 05.24.2020

Just Be | Wk 5: “Just Be Still”

Pastor Lori Green | 05.24.2020

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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Just Be - Final

 

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Solitude.

 

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We are ENOUGH…AS IS… for God to want to spend quality alone time with us.  

 

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“Be still and know that I am God.”    Psalm 46:10

“Stop moving and be quiet.  I want you to KNOW me.  I want you to know that you can TRUST me because I am God.”  

 

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“The Christian life consists of what God says to us, not what we say about God.” – Eugene Peterson

 

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Mark 6:31-32 

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone. 

 

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Solitude has to be a place of REST for us before it can be anything else for us!

 

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  • PLAN for it.
  • PROTECT it.
  • PREPARE for it.
  • PRAY.

 

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Solitude is time spent alone- on purpose, with purpose.

 

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Consider scheduling a date on your calendar over the next 30 to set aside an hour (or more) to just sit and listen to the voice that is trying to reach you above all of the noise that normally fills our everyday lives.  

 

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I’m caught up in Your presence

I just want to sit here at Your feet

I’m caught up in this holy moment

I never want to leave

Oh, I’m not here for blessings

Jesus, You don’t owe me anything

And more than anything that You can do

I just want You

I just want You

Nothing else will do

Going Deeper – 05.24.2020

GOING DEEPER

05.24.2020 | JUST BE | Wk 5: “Just Be Still”

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Breaking Ground

What is your favorite activity to do alone? Why?

 

The Dig

Begin by reflecting on the difference between isolation & solitude. Is there a difference? What do you associate with each? 

Next, read Mark 6:6b-13 & 30-32. This reflects a pattern that we see over & over again in Jesus’ story. After a season of conflict, confrontation, teaching, & healing – we see Jesus choose to go off alone in the pursuit of solitude. 

What stands out to you from these two pieces of Scripture?

Clearly, Jesus believes that we are called to take part in community, work, & solitude. Do you lean more towards community or solitude in your everyday life? Is one easier for you than the other? 

Why do you think you lean that way? 

Notice that Jesus is intentional about his pursuit of solitude & doesn’t pursue it simply for its own sake. He plans it & seeks it out for a reason. 

Why do you think Jesus intentionally builds solitude into his life routine? 

What kind of activities & motivations do you think define Jesus’ engagement with & use of solitude? 

What does this teach us about the relationship between solitude, community, & serving others

Close by reflecting again on the difference between isolation & solitude. 

What characterizes or defines healthy solitude? Has this conversation changed or added anything to how you understand those two things?

What do you think is the purpose of healthy solitude (if there is one)? 

Are you good at intentionally planning healthy solitude into your life

Do you find that your time alone falls more under isolation or solitude? Why? 

What could you do to change how you approach your time alone to transform it into a more healthy practice of solitude

Getting Out of the Hole

Reflect this week on where you need to be still in our lives. Journal about the following.

  1. Where have you scheduled intentional time of solitude this week? Where can you build that time into your week? 
  2. How can solitude help you move forward in your service of others in this season? 
  3. What do you find yourself thinking about & feeling when you are alone? 

Journal about what you discover in this time. Share your experience with your growth group next week!

 

Additional Resources*

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun

Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating

The Naked Now by Richard Rohr

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, May 31: Join us for the next week of our series Just Be, where we will be looking at the role gratitude plays in our spiritual growth. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides – 05.17.2020

Just Be | Wk 4: “Just Be Aware”

Sam Nunnally | 05.17.2020

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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Matthew 5:43-44 (NKJV)

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…”

 

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Just Be - Final

 

 

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we-swallow-our-feelings-even-if-were-unhappy-forever-sound-62235814

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Song: https://youtu.be/aehwEu8SBSo  

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Reason 1: It’s All We Can Do

Reason 2: It’s What God Wants Us to Do

Reason 3: Praying for Others Releases Us

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Song: https://youtu.be/PRy4XsvgAiw  

 

Going Deeper – 05.17.2020

GOING DEEPER

05.17.2020 | JUST BE | Wk 4: “Just Be Released”

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Breaking Ground

Share a story about a season of your life when it felt like time slowed. Why did it feel that way? What was going on? 

 

The Dig

What does it mean to be released or freed in our relationships. What comes to mind when you hear those terms in the context of relationships? What characterizes it? What doesn’t? 

Read Luke 6:27-28. Jesus calls for us to love our enemies. In Greek, the word here for “love” is agape, which is not about emotions or feelings towards a person. It implies seeking the good of another regardless of whether we determine they deserve it or not. It is about honoring & seeking the good of a human being simply for being an image bearer of God. Thus, Jesus instructs us to respond to hate with good, curses with blessing, & mistreatment with prayer. 

Why do you think Jesus instructs us to respond to our harms this way? Do any of these challenge you more than the others?

Read Luke 6:29-31. Each of these scenarios, in their own way, depicts the same process of responding to wounds: refuse to retaliate in kind (harm-for-harm), make the other person see your humanity in how you respond in a different way, & finally, put the decision for what comes next in their hands

Do any of the three scenarios hit home more than the others? 

What is Jesus trying to teach his disciples about the nature of handling conflict? From what & how does it release or free us?

Close by reflecting on the current conflicts in your life. 

Where are you currently experiencing real conflict? 

How have you responded to that conflict so far? Have you pursued retaliation, peacemaking, or something else? 

Do you feel you are seeing the other person in their full, image bearer of God humanity in the conflict? In other words, are you dehumanizing, simplifying, & mistreating them in response to how they’ve mistreated you? 

What would it look like to respond in the way Jesus is calling us to? How would that change how you have handled that conflict so far? 

Above all, what would seeing & treating them as you see yourself change about how you have gone about trying to resolve that conflict? What do you need to change in that situation moving forward to better reflect Christ?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Reflect this week on where you need to be released in the midst of a conflict. Journal about the following.

  1. Is there a person in my life that I have a strong, negative emotional response to just by thinking about them? Identify that person & write out that response. 
  2. How have you previously responded to the conflict with this person? Has that brought you peace? If not, why not? 
  3. Reflect on what healing looks like in this situation. What would it look like for you? What would it look like for them? What would bring about peace that is healthy for all involved?
  4. Where are you currently not acting in a way that promotes that health & peace for yourself? 
  5. What do you need to do to change how you respond to the conflict? 

Journal about what you discover in this time. Share your experience with your growth group next week!

 

Additional Resources*

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun

Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating

The Naked Now by Richard Rohr

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, May 24: Join us for the next week of our series Just Be, where we will be looking at the role healthy solitude plays in our spiritual growth. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Going Deeper – 05.10.2020

GOING DEEPER

05.10.2020 | JUST BE | Wk 3: “Just Be Aware”

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Breaking Ground

What is the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done (try to think of a fun example, if possible)?

 

The Dig

Begin by discussing the idea of being self-aware. What does it mean to be self-aware? Why is it important to the spiritual life?

Read Ephesians 4:17-24. 

Paul begins by instructing his readers to remember who they used to be

What role does reflecting on the past play in becoming more self-aware? Do you do this often in a productive way?

In this section, Paul describes a person who has become unaware of & even uncaring of their internal brokenness/unhealth, as well as how the behavior it produces impacts others

Share a story about a time when a part of your internal brokenness (emotions, thought patterns, etc.) led you to hurt someone without you being able to realize it in the moment.

What happened? What weren’t you seeing? What led you to see what you were doing? 

Paul instructs us to deal with these parts of us by:

  • Committing to rigorous self-reflection
  • Growing in our capacity to be self-aware in the moment
  • Working to deconstruct the underlying patterns fearlessly
  • Beginning to be remade in who we are (reconstruction)

Which part of that process do you find the hardest to do? Why? 

Close by reflecting on the Examen as laid out on Sunday. The Daily Examen calls for Five Steps:

  1. Acknowledge God’s presence & ask for guidance
  2. Review the day for gratitudes 
  3. Review the day for shortcomings 
  4. Choose one feature of the day & pray for it
  5. Look forward to tomorrow 

What is something you are grateful for this week? 

Where did you have an emotional response to a situation that went beyond what was necessary this week? Why? 

What is one thing you can learn from that to change how you respond next week

Where do you currently need to grow in your capacity to be self-aware

Close with prayer.

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to practice the discipline laid out in Sunday’s Scripture – The Daily Examen. 

  1. Acknowledge Gods presence & ask for guidance
  2. Review the day for gratitudes (be specific!)
  3. Review the day for shortcomings – here are some guiding questions:
    1. Where did I experience high emotions? What happened? How did I respond & why? 
    2. Where did I experience strong anger, jealousy, resentment, or embarrassment? What happened? How did I respond & why?
    3. Did I stop at any point & feel still? If not, why not? 
  4. Choose one (just one) short-coming you identified & pray over it
  5. Close by looking forward to tomorrow (How can I do better tomorrow? Do I need to make any amends? What’s one step of growth I can take with this new awareness?)

Journal about your experience with this practice. Note any realizations you discover or repeated patterns. Share your experience with your growth group next week!

 

Additional Resources*

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun

Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating

The Naked Now by Richard Rohr

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, May 17: Join us for the second week of our series Just Be, where we will be looking at how to pray for others
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides – 05.10.2020

Just Be | Wk 3: “Just Be Aware”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 05.10.2020

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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Just Be - Final

 

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Ephesians 4:24 (NIV)

24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

 

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Ephesians 4:17-21 (NIV)

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 

 

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Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

 

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The Process of Transformation in Ephesians 4

  • Self-Reflection (who we were, who we are, who we are becoming)
  • Deconstruction (“take of our old self”)
  • Reconstruction (“made new in the attitudes of our minds”)
  • Made New (“put on the new self”)

 

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In spirituality, life is fundamentally an inside job because we live from the inside-out.

 

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Little Soldiers

 

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The Daily Examen

  1. Acknowledge God’s presence & ask for guidance
  2. Review the day for gratitudes 
  3. Review the day for shortcomings 
  4. Choose one feature of the day & pray for it
  5. Look forward to tomorrow 

Going Deeper – 05.03.2020

GOING DEEPER

05.03.2020 | JUST BE | Wk 2: “Just Be Centered”

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Breaking Ground

What is your favorite kind of puzzle? 

 

The Dig

Begin by discussing the idea of being centered

What do you think of when you think about being centered? How do you know if you are centered or not? 

Reflect on Pastor Mike’s analogy for his mind from this Sunday – the monkey cage

Do you relate to that image for your own mind? If so, what about it stands out or hits home? 

Next, read Romans 7:15-20. Here we see Paul incredibly flustered. He knows the right thing to do, but he can’t make himself do it. No matter what, he can’t seem to think his way to right action

Do you relate to Paul’s description of his struggles here? Do you have struggles that you feel similarly about? What makes it so hard to change? 

Later, in Romans 8, Paul expands upon his struggle – he writes, “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life & peace.” 

Here, it is better to understand the word “flesh” as meaning our human nature, ego, or false self – the part of us that wants control, holds onto either/or thinking, & focuses on the self over anything else. Reflect on how this connects to what Paul said earlier in Romans 7. 

What does it mean to have a mind governed by the flesh or ego? How does this lead to death (spiritually or otherwise)? 

What does it mean to have a mind governed by the Spirit? How does this lead to life & peace

How does this help us be more centered in the midst of our lives? 

In Galatians, Paul instructs us to find the Spirit in themselves & to practice keeping in step with it

How do we practice releasing the flesh/ego’s control over our mind & opening it to the governance of the Spirit

What might that produce in the struggle that came to your mind from Paul’s own description of his struggle?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to practice the discipline laid out in Sunday’s Scripture – Centering Prayer. 

  1. Do it alone in a quiet, comfortable space at the same time & place every day – I highly recommend first thing in the morning & again right before going to bed. 
  2. Start with a small, reasonable goal – maybe 3 to 5 minutes. Eventually, try to work your way up to 20 minutes – but don’t rush!
  3. Choose a word that reminds you of God’s presence with you (for example, Jesus, Abba, Yahweh, Peace, Surrender, Love, etc.)
  4. Get still, quiet, & consciously acknowledge that God is there with you – “God, I know you are here.”
  5. Breathe in – follow & focus on your breath. 
  6. Pause & breathe out – follow & focus on your breath.
  7. After exhaling, say your word out loud.
  8. Repeat for as long as you have planned. 
  9. As thoughts come – acknowledge them with non-judgment, surrender them, & return your focus to God by refocusing on your breath & word.

Write down your experience with this practice. Note how it makes you feel or if any thoughts keep coming to mind more than others. Share your experience with your growth group next week!

 

Additional Resources*

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun

Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating

The Naked Now by Richard Rohr

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, May 10: Join us for the second week of our series Just Be, where we will be looking at how to Just Be Aware of who we are & what we are doing in the midst of our lives. 

* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides – 05.03.2020

Just Be | Wk 2: “Just Be Centered”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 05.03.2020

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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Just Be - Final

 

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“How you do anything is how you do everything.” -Richard Rohr

 

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Romans 8:6 (NIV)

 

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The Spirit of God 

  • Hebrew – Ruak / Greek – Pneuma
  • God’s Spirit, Breath, or Wind
  • The personal, life-giving presence of God that works to create, animate, & sustain life

 

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Acts 17:24-28 (NIV)

24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

 

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Galatians 5:25 (NIV)

25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

 

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The Practice of Centering Prayer

  1. Do it alone at the same time & same place every day
  2. Start small (a few minutes) & work your way up to 20 minutes
  3. Pick a word that reminds you of God’s presence with you
  4. Get still, quiet, & consciously acknowledge that God is there with you
  5. Breathe in, breathe out, say your word, repeat
  6. As thoughts come – acknowledge them with non-judgment, surrender them, & return your focus to God by refocusing on your breath & word

 

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This is what we are practicing when we sit in contemplative prayer: we are practicing under-doing and assured failure, which radically rearranges our inner hardware after a while.” – Richard Rohr