Contemplata is the Latin word “to see”. Contemplative practices are those practices that provide us a way to connect with God with all of ourselves.
An Integrated Pause is simply a process by which different contemplative practices are used to connect our body, minds, hearts, and spirits.
An Integrated Pause 1) grounds our bodies enough to feel and release the tension and trauma we store, 2) quiets our minds enough to stop the constant egoic thoughts, 3) opens our hearts enough to be vulnerable and take down the walls of self-protection, and 4) connects us to receive the love, insight, and direction God has for us.
Before beginning, find a comfortable and quiet place to sit, and preferably stand during step 1.
1. Ground your body by gently stretching your whole body. Then bring your awareness to any tension you may be holding – especially in your shoulders and hips. Gently move to release that tension.
2. Quiet your body by inhaling and exhaling deeply ten times, expanding your belly as you inhale.
3. Open your heart by closing your eyes and opening your palms, imagining that you are carrying a particular worry or burden in your hands. Inhale, and as you exhale, imagine letting go of that burden and giving it to God, even just for a moment.
4. Connect to the spirit by taking a scripture verse or a poem, and reading it through four times (as in Lectio Divina style), noticing what word or phrase jumps out at you, what the holy spirit may be saying to you, and your prayer or response.
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Integrated Pause - Indifference. 4/24/2020
This Video walks you through a 20-minute integrated practice, intended to ground your body, quiet your mind, open your heart, and connect you to your source.