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An exploration in guided prayer and meditation. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/methods/support

    Centering Prayer Instruction with Amos Smith

    Centering Prayer Instruction with Amos Smith

    Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation.

    Today Amos Smith leads us through the theory and practice of Centering Prayer as popularized by the late Father Thomas Keating.

    Amos E. Smith has earned bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees—all in religious studies. He is a long-term centering prayer practitioner, workshop leader, writer, and founder of Recover Christianity’s Mystic Roots. His most recent book, His first book, Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots is part of the curriculum for the Living School of The Center for Action and Contemplation. Amos and his organization work toward slowly transforming consciousness through the Christian contemplative tradition.

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    https://www.amossmith.org/

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    • 11 min
    Being-With: Amos Smith

    Being-With: Amos Smith

    Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation.

    This episode is part of our Being-With series, a subtle nod to the philosopher Martin Heidegger and his term referencing the Mitsein aspect of being. That the very nature of humanity is to be in relationship to others. We are inauthentic when we fail to recognize how much and in what ways how we think of ourselves and how we habitually behave is influenced by our social surroundings. We are authentic when we pay attention to that influence and decide for ourselves whether to go along with it or not.

    Today we’re talking with Amos Smith.

    Amos E. Smith has earned bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees—all in religious studies. He is a long-term centering prayer practitioner, workshop leader, writer, and founder of Recover Christianity’s Mystic Roots. His most recent book, His first book, Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots is part of the curriculum for the Living School of The Center for Action and Contemplation. Amos and his organization work toward slowly transforming consciousness through the Christian contemplative tradition.

    Find Amos and RCMR here:

    https://www.amossmith.org/

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    Episode 28: Ignatian Contemplation

    Episode 28: Ignatian Contemplation

    Imaginative prayer, also known as Ignatian Contemplation is the name given to prayer which helps us enter more fully into the passage of Scripture we are reading, by using our ability to form pictures or inner impressions in our minds. We live in a rational, left brain world where information and analysis is the highest priority. But as humans, our soul is still captivated by experience. Jesus called on people’s imagination all the time. He was constantly telling stories and painting word pictures. He asked people to imagine the kingdom of God as a mustard seed, as yeast, as treasure hidden in a field. Through imaginative prayer we step into a gospel story and imagine ourselves to be there in that scene. Rather than reading the Bible abstractly, we enter the story to more deeply experience and encounter Jesus in the scene. In doing so we remain true to the Biblical reading, but more actively experience it. We might be a disciple in the boat with Jesus, one of the crowd at the feeding of the five thousand, or the woman at the well asked by Jesus to draw up water for him. It’s important that as you hear the story you try to feel what it’s like to actually be inside that story.  Listen, taste, smell, feel, and watch what happens.



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    Episode 27: Conspiring Prayer with Mark Karris

    Episode 27: Conspiring Prayer with Mark Karris

    Hello, and welcome to Methods: an exploration in guided prayer and meditation.

    Today we sit with Mark Karris,

    Mark Gregory Karris is a licensed marriage and family therapist, ordained pastor, theologian, writer, and worship leader, based in San Diego. He has received a Masters in Counseling through the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in Nyack, N.Y., a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School in N.J., and currently working through his PsyD from Alliant International University in San Diego. Mark has has published and peer reviewed research, and facilitates workshops on topics such as attachment theory, shame, self-compassion, relationships, and trauma. Although he may be best known for his book Divine Echoes, in which he outlines an alternative approach to discursive prayer that he calls Conspiring Prayer. In this episode of Methods, Mark shows us how to engage in prayer even when our belief on its efficacy is in contention.

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    http://conspiringprayer.com/

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    • 11 min
    Being-With: Mark Karris

    Being-With: Mark Karris

    Hello, and welcome to Methods: an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. This episode is part of our Being-With series, a subtle nod to the philosopher Martin Heidegger and his term referencing the Mitsein aspect of being. That the very nature of humanity is to be in relationship to others. We are inauthentic when we fail to recognize how much and in what ways how we think of ourselves and how we habitually behave is influenced by our social surroundings. We are authentic when we pay attention to that influence and decide for ourselves whether to go along with it or not.

    Today we sit with Mark Karris,

    Mark Gregory Karris is a licensed marriage and family therapist, ordained pastor, theologian, writer, and worship leader, based in San Diego.
    He has received a Masters in Counseling through the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in Nyack, N.Y., a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School in N.J., and currently working through his PsyD from Alliant International University in San Diego.
    Mark has has published and peer reviewed research, and facilitates workshops on topics such as attachment theory, shame, self-compassion, relationships, and trauma. Although he may be best known for his book Divine Echoes, in which he outlines an alternative approach to discursive prayer that he calls Conspiring Prayer.
    Find Mark here:

    http://conspiringprayer.com/

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    • 33 min
    Episode 26: Fruit of the Spirit with Luke Bricker

    Episode 26: Fruit of the Spirit with Luke Bricker

    Hello, and welcome to Methods: an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. 

    Today we explore a meditative method with Luke Bricker, an Ex-vangelical pastor, exploring a more expansive spiritual path. Luke hosts the Spiritual Nomad Podcast and Community, also offering Spiritual Direction, Coaching on spiritual trauma, and discernment of the enneagram.

    Luke leads us through a meditation centered around the Biblical "Fruit of the Spirit" that was deeply important to him during his deconstruction of faith.

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    https://thespiritualnomad.org/

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In my years as a Christian I have been led in meditative prayer. Usually this occurred in group settings and focused more on an active conversation prayer experience, including a great deal of petitionary prayer, rather than a reflective meditation experience. My faith tradition was guarded in how it perceived meditation practices. I am glad to have found “Methods” as a gentle introduction to prayerful meditation I can do alone. I believe the methods here have brought me closer to the loving Creator of the universe, and closer to understanding myself.

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