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Listening Prayer: A Way to Reflect and Connect with God Part 2

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We often encourage our clients to use journaling as a way to process ideas and insights that come up between sessions. Journals can be such a helpful way for us to see our personal growth, remind us of how we found courage in the face of difficult times, and how people and God showed up for us.

If you’re intimidated by some of the meditative practices we’ve been posting about lately, we encourage you to be open about trying one or more of them, and using a journal to process your reflections. You can find more about Listening Prayer found here in Part 1. You can find out more about Breath Prayer found here and Labyrinth Prayer here.

Here are 7 ways you can use your journal as you try these practices:

  1. Reflect on What Your Mind and Body are Telling You:

Begin your journaling session by describing your current state of being.

What thoughts, emotions, or sensations are present for you right now?

Reflect on any areas of tension, joy, or uncertainty that you may be experiencing. Use this prompt as an opportunity to tune in to the subtle nuances of your inner landscape.

 

  1. Record Insights and Impressions:

During this reflection time, be open to receiving insights you’ve noticed over the past several days, any themes that are reoccurring, anything you’ve been avoiding? Take some time to journal about any impressions or guidance you receive. Write down any thoughts, images, or feelings that come to you, and reflect on their significance for your life journey.

 

  1. Explore Questions and Concerns:

Bring any questions, concerns, or challenges that are weighing on your heart into your journaling practice. Write them down as prompts for reflection, and then allow yourself to listen deeply for answers or guidance. Trust that in time you will find insights and wisdom in response to your sincere inquiry.

 

  1. Express Gratitude and Appreciation:

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude by reflecting on the blessings in your life. Take time to journal about the things you are grateful for, both big and small. Notice how the practice of paying attention to small things deepens your sense of appreciation and connection with yourself, others and God. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp is a great book that can guide you in this process.

 

  1. Explore Symbols and Metaphors:

Pay attention to any symbols, metaphors, or images that arise during your listening practice. Use your journal as a space to explore the meaning and significance of these symbols. Reflect on how they might offer insight or guidance for your spiritual journey.

 

  1. Set Intentions and Goals:

Take some time to set intentions or goals for your spiritual growth and development. Write down what you hope to achieve or experience through your practice of listening and reflecting. Consider how you can align your intentions with the guidance you receive during your prayerful listening sessions.

 

  1. Reflect on Growth and Transformation:

Use your journal as a tool for reflection on your spiritual growth and transformation. Take stock of how your practice of listening and reflecting has impacted your life over time. Notice any patterns or themes that emerge, and celebrate the ways in which you are evolving on your spiritual journey. What are you reading, learning, listening to, creating? These are great areas to focus on how you’re changing and learning.

 

These journal prompts are designed to deepen your time of listening and reflecting and developing a practice to help you engage more fully with the guidance and wisdom that arises from within. Feel free to adapt them to suit your own personal style and spiritual beliefs.

 

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