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Spiritual Practices: Introductions

resources to support contemplative beginners and adepts, including individuals, families, small groups and congregational practices

Books & PDFs

12 Tiny Things: Simple Ways to Live a More Intentional Life               Picture of Catching Fire, Becoming Flame -- 10th Anniversary Edition          Coming to God in the Stillness: Discovering the Power of Contemplative Prayer     Creating a Life with God, Revised Edition          Everyday Contemplative     Flee, Be Silent, Pray     BL_TNBBOCM_TheNewBigBookOfChristianMysticism_Cover_9781506486840c          Practice the Pause: Jesus' Contemplative Practice, New Brain Science, and What It Means to Be Fully Human     Wake Up to Wonder: 22 Invitations to Amazement in the Everyday: Karen  Wright Marsh: 9781587435805 - What's Here Now?: How to Stop Rehashing the Past and Rehearsing  the Future--and Start Receiving the Present: 9780800740856: Stevens,  Jeanne, Niequist, Shauna: Books     

Introducing Children

Sprout Journal for Kids – Monk ManualSprout Journal for Kids

A Daily Reflection and Growth Practice for Kids

Picture of 3-Minute Prayers for Brave Boys     Picture of 3-Minute Prayers for Courageous Girls     Picture of Breathe     Brown Is Beautiful     The Empty Pot     The Examen Book: Exploring Every Day with God: Mitchell, Paul, Broussard,  Katie: 9780829451276: Books     This beautiful picture book teaches kids to connect with themselves, with others, and with nature          Click to go to detail page for Something Beautiful     Sparrow's Prayer     There's No Wrong Way to Pray

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

Silence in God’s Presence | Intro to Spiritual Practices


man with sneakers and cuffed pants walks along the road lined with graffiti covered wallsTake a walk with God

Prayer walking can be a great way to get outside and connect with God and your community. Here’s some advice for turning a regular stroll into a means of discipleship.

Try prayer walking.

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We are humbled to be featured in Living Lutheran's January, 2022 article and study guide, Contemplating the New Year; Lutherans Explore Meditation, Mindfulness, and Contemplative Practices; article by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni; study guide by Robert C. Blezard.

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Richard Rohr spent a week Contemplating Creation; The Dance of Life features a singular moment of awareness from Sherri Mitchell (Penobscot).

Fr. Richard Rohr's Daily Meditations week-long focus on Doorways to Christian Contemplation, a series of wonderful overviews and invitations to Contemplative Practices from a plethora of mystics; and the week of Meeting God in Prayer, especially Tilden Edwards' Prayer of Mutual Presence.

Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble offers a succinct and lovely introduction to Contemplative Prayer that will assist beginners and support the adept.

Franciscan Friar Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation (week of 08.30-09.05) focuses on the True Self/Separate Self, a concept central to contemplative practice. Daily posts include:

See comments on Father Thomas Keating:

See Howard Thurman's introduction to his own practice:

See Cynthia Bourgeault's personal reflections:

For those who feel they “can’t meditate” Michel LeGribble offers words of wisdom and encouragement.


Cole Arthur Riley's blackliturgist website includes an opportunity to sign up for weekly breath prayers.

Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.

Contemplative Outreach is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. The common desire for Divine transformation, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice, unites this international, interdenominational community.

An online daily devotion that includes leading questions for reflection and/or discussion.

The Labyrinth Society has a page of resources specifically for children.

Video, Webinars & Courses

One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic's Guide to Christian Meditation is a 40-day e-course, available anytime, featuring learning and practice at your own pace.

iBme's website is informative. Retreats and courses may be life-changing.

Dr. Kristin Neff offers free Tips for PracticesGuided Meditations, and Self-Compassion Exercises

You Are Still Beloved, a contemplative poem read by author Sharon Seyfarth Garner; you can read along and freely download some contemplative coloring (aka, mandala).

Introducing Teens & Tweens

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In Our Library - Adults

          Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening     Centering Prayers     1187512          9780806690650: Contemplative Prayer: Praying When the Well Runs Dry                    Making All Things New – TEP Books                    Open Mind, Open Heart, Paperback     b-70          To Pray and to Love: Conversations on Prayer with the Early Church     Front Cover Preview Image - 1 of 12 - Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home     Prayer - Orbis Books          Prayer for People Who Can't Sit Still          Book - Paperback     Praying with Body and Soul: A Way to Intimacy with God          9781557253255: The Rhythm of God's Grace: Uncovering Morning and Evening Hours of Prayer          The Rule of Saint Benedict: A Contemporary Paraphrase (Paraclete  Essentials): St. Benedict of Nursia, Wilson-Hartgrove, Jonathan:  9781557259738: Books     Soul Feast, Newly Revised Edition                    Talking with God: What to Say When You Don't Know How to Pray  -     By: Adam Weber     267213     You Are Already Praying: Stories of God at Work  -     By: Cathy H. George

In Our Library - Children