Guided Meditative Prayer

This is a community service offering at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance (SVA) church in Fall City, Washington and it is available to anyone world-wide to participate, regardless of religion. If you are seeking love, unity, and connection to the Divine, please join us online. If you would like to receive the Zoom link to participate, email reminders, and schedule changes, become a member of the practice through SVA by clicking below.

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If this is your first time, please read about the Guided Meditative Prayer practice: the description, the guidelines, how to cultivate a contemplative attitude, and the 2021-2022 schedule below:

Artist: John August Swanson

Guided Meditative Prayer-Online

Focusing: Your Body’s Ability to Attune & Listen


Practice Description:


I like Richard Rohr's understanding - there are three components in the “tricycle” of spiritual growth: Scripture, Tradition, and Experiential. The guided meditative prayer is a spiritual practice to experience the Presence of God within, a living awareness that is available to everyone. As we endeavor to live fully into this notion of Christ’s beloved, contemplation allows for the introspection and self-awareness to carefully uncover and discover our authentic self while staying connected to Holy Spirit. The guided meditative prayer leads us into this realm of spiritual knowing and mystery that requires on-going practice.


You will be guided in a meditation on God-inspired words. This practice teaches us to pause and be with our inner world. To empathically listen to our inner struggles and the overlying contradictions to hear Holy Spirit and begin to know we are beloved in an intimate, palpable way. Come as you are with an open mind and heart.


Format:


7:55am - Enter room

8:00am - Guided Meditative Prayer

8:30am - Group Sharing

8:45am - End


Guidelines:

  • We only share what we want about the content of our experiences.
  • We do not comment on the content of other’s experiences.
  • What we share here is confidential.
  • We have mutual respect for our and other’s boundaries.
  • We take care of ourselves and ask for help.

Cultivating a Contemplative Attitude:


Very simply, you will be invited to be present, disengaging from the busy mind to just be, attentive to your body, heart, and mind. When you are present to your inner world, you are like an observer, noticing what is there and allowing whatever is there to be as it is – not changing it, challenging it, and judging it but letting it be exactly how it is. You are listening, noticing, and acknowledging how your body, heart, and mind are responding. Try to soften your eyes, your gaze, and turn towards it quietly with an attitude of openness, curiosity, empathy, and compassion. YOU are present with something that is there within. You are forming a relationship with something, befriending it, sitting with it, and attending to whatever is there. It could be a thought, a feeling, an emotion, a physical sensation, a visual image, a memory, a metaphor, a song, a phrase… As you are sitting with it, you are waiting to see what evolves and unfolds, what does it want to tell you or show you?


Schedule:


Weekly, Thursdays September 16, 2021 - June 16, 2022
8:00 - 8:45am PST

Audio Recordings:

2021-2022 Audio Recordings of Guided Meditative Prayer

The Mystery of Participation:
A reflection of Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation, Participating in Love - Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Greatest Gift is Love:
A reflection of Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation, Participating in Love - Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The Great Secret:
A poem by Hafiz and Ephesians 5:1-2

A Stillness, a Sureness in You:
A reflection of John 4:10, 13-14, an interview with John O’ Donohue, On Being, August 2017, and Beatrice Bruteau, The Holy Thursday Revolution

God’s Spirit Gives Birth:
A reflection of Genesis 1:1-2, Luke 1:26-28, 35, and Eugene Peterson’s spiritual commentary, pp. 25, 1643

The Jesus of the Trail of Tears:
From Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation, God’s Supremacy in Love, Friday, October 22, 2021