The fruit of the regular practice of the Examen—or more broadly, the life of regular, cumulative, formative reflection—is living with greater attentiveness, greater readiness, even greater anticipation of God’s whispers.https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/the-examened-life/
The Power of a Daily Examen
This episode sets the stage for our Summer of Reset’s deep dive into the nine tools of “Stronger Every Day: 9 Tools for an Emotionally Healthy You.” and offers the audio meditation, “A Daily Examen” shaped after St. Ignatius’s “A Daily Examen.” I wholeheartedly want you to find renewed vitality and experience the lavish love and grace of God.
This one daily rhythm, when practiced regularly, helps us “reset” and reconnect to the deepest, truest part of ourselves and in doing so, triumph over any trauma we’ve faced in our lives.
Be sure to download your FREE prayer guide and keep it close at hand. This practice becomes a rote one and I’ve been known to move through the five steps in grocery lines, while waiting at the deli, and definitely, while move through traffic at a snail’s pace.
A Summer Reset Leads to a New Season of Rest
“One learns first of all in beach living the art of shedding; how little one can get along with, not how much. Physical shedding to begin with, which then mysteriously spreads into other fields. Clothes, first. Of course, one needs less in the sun. But one needs less anyway, one finds suddenly. One does not need a closet-full, only a small suitcase-full.”
–Gift from the Sea
I’m currently feeding my soul with Irish Poet David Whyte’s “Three Sundays in July” lectures. I leave you with this one simple, yet profound, thought, “noted” by my daughter’s beautiful handwriting:
I’ve studied Moses over and over again and have had the privilege of “pre-reading” a copy of my friend, Erica Wiggenhorn’s, new book, “Letting God Be Enough,” in which she humanizes Moses in a beautiful way. So when I heard David Whyte share the literal Hebrew translation of “standing on holy ground,” meaning, “it’s the same verb for an animal shedding its skin,” I paused to catch my breath.
I write about “The Art of Shedding” in “Overcoming Hurtful Words,” and here, with this new knowledge in hand, find yet a deeper truth about shedding.
I really want to know your thoughts. How might “The Daily Examen” help us to “shed” our unhealthy movements through life in order to “shape” new healthy movements?
I’m so ready.