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RHYTHMS
of
Life
Spiritual
Foundational Practices for
Cultivating Key Habits of the Heart
Spiritual Rhythms
STOP
LOOK
LISTEN
Spiritual Rhythms
The Discipline of
Contemplative
PAUSING
STOP
(STILLNESS)
The Discipline of
Contemplative
SEEING
LOOK
(AWARENESS)
The Discipline of
Contemplative
HEARING
LISTEN
(ATTENTIVENESS)
The Practice of
CENTERING PRAYER
Spiritual
MEDITATION
(Quiet Presence)
STOP
The Practice of
DAILY EXAMEN
Spiritual
INVENTORY
(Prayerful Discernment)
LOOK
The Practice of
LECTIO DIVINA
Spiritual
READING
(Attentive Listening)
LISTEN
The Practice of
CENTERING PRAYER
Spiritual
MEDITATION
(Quiet Presence)
STOP
1
My heart is not proud, O LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great
matters or things too wonderful for me.
2
But I have stilled and quieted my
soul; like a weaned child with its mother
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
PSALM 131:1-2
Choose a sacred
word as the symbol
of your intention to
consent to Gods
presence and action
within.
Sitting comfortably and with
eyes closed, settle briefly and
silently introduce the sacred
word as the symbol of your
consent to Gods presence
and action within.
When you become
aware of thoughts,
return ever-so-gently
to the sacred word.
At the end of the
prayer period, remain
in silence with eyes
closed for a couple of
minutes.
Be with God within
Use a word to stay
Use the word to return
The Practice of
DAILY EXAMEN
Spiritual
INVENTORY
(Prayerful Discernment)
LOOK
RUMMAGING FOR GOD
Praying
Backwards
through Your Day
Dennis Hamm, S.J.
LT 3F
Method
LIGHT
L
LIGHT
L
Pray for God’s Illumination
THANKS
T
THANKS
T
Review the Day with Gratitude
FEELINGS
FOCUS
FUTURE
3 F
FEELINGS
3 F
Engage the senses, feelings, and emotions
FOCUS
3 F
Pray over the dominant feeling
FUTURE
3 F
Pray with expectant heart for tomorrow
FEELINGS
FOCUS
FUTURE
3 F
The Practice of
LECTIO DIVINA
Spiritual
READING
(Attentive Listening)
LISTEN
LECTIO READING
MEDITATIO REFLECTING
ORATIO RESPONDING
CONTEMPLATIO RESTING
Spiritual Rhythms
STOP LOOK LISTEN
Pausing Seeing Hearing
Spiritual
Meditation
Spiritual
Inventory
Spiritual
Reading
Centering Examen Lectio
Stillness Attentiveness Awareness