Monday, October 31, 2005

stop, look, listen

train movement
Originally uploaded by loungerie.

a while back i was attending a spiritual formation conference. at the conference i learned a valuable exercise from john ackerman that i have taken into my life. it deals with the whole idea of paying attention to what God is doing in my life.

st. ignatius of loyola developed daily spiritual exercises to help people to be in touch with what God was doing in their inner and outer worlds. ackerman took some of the principles and broke it down into three simple things to do for a moment in the morning and evening.

in a real simple format it is about doing three things:

stop - quieting myself, asking for the spirit's guidance (being in a meditative environment could be helpful)

look - take a look at my life over the last day, to see what God is doing in and around me, to find the fingerprint of God

listen - listen to what the spirit is wanting me to hear, what movement or reponse comes to my heart?

write - sometimes it is good to make a short note of what i heard.

"Never to put your finger down to affirm God's presence in this place is to live forever outside his kingdom; to put it down and never move it is to mistake a souvenir for God." john ackerman

so, why don't you take five minutes to stop, look and listen. who knows, God may want to put something on your heart.


At 11:57 AM, Blogger Michael Durand said...

wow, i really like that, jr. thanks for sharing...

At 3:50 AM, Blogger Jeff Pioquinto,SJ said...

hey nice article here. thanks


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