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Zen Koan: Zen Dialogue
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. This one is called Zen Dialogue. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
January 18, 2021
Zen Koan: Treasure House
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. This one is called Treasure House. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
January 11, 2021
Zen Koan: The Stone Mind
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. This one is called The Stone Mind. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
January 4, 2021
Zen Koan: The Sound of One Hand
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. This one is called The Sound of One Hand. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
December 28, 2020
The Gift
This is a short story, entitled "The Gift" by Nancy L. Dahberg. Listen and use the silence that follows as an invitation to explore what resonance the story might have to your own. What are you forgetting? What would it be like to remember? Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
December 24, 2020
Zen Koan: The Gates of Paradise
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
December 21, 2020
Zen Koan: The First Principle
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
December 14, 2020
Zen Koan: The Empty Boat
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
December 7, 2020
The Dark Night of the Soul
Hello, and welcome to Methods – an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. Today’s focus is the the dark night of the soul. There’s often a misconception about this phrase – the dark night of the soul. You may have heard it increasingly over the past few years, with the exodus of white evangelicals from the evangelical church, and the growth of the post-christian deconstruction culture. But much like deconstruction is used differently than the way Jaques Derrida popularized it, the colloquial meaning of the phrase “dark night of the soul has become foreign to its original use as well. In its common usage, it has come to mean something like a particularly difficult time in life, or is often used in conjunction with the loss or transformation of someone’s faith. But the original meaning of the term had a more mystical context. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
34:06
December 1, 2020
Zen Koan: Temper
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
November 30, 2020
Zen Koan: Right and Wrong
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
November 23, 2020
Zen Koan: Publishing the Sutras
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
November 16, 2020
Zen Koan: One Note of Zen
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
November 9, 2020
Zen Koan: Nothing Exists
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
November 2, 2020
Zen Koan: Muddy Road
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
October 26, 2020
Visualization: Light
Light is the very basis of Vision, the topic of our current season of meditations. It is a persistent metaphor used in many different spiritual and religious contexts from East to West to convey liberation, understanding, and the elan vital of the universe. Whether it's the Damascus light of St. Paul, the "interior light" of Gregory the Great, the "illuminations of St. Ignatius, the Flowing Light of Mechthild, or the "Living Light" of Hildegaard, the recurring motif is branded on our historical and cultural consciousness in a way that it becomes impossible to ignore. But this light isn't simply the opposite of a polarized darkness, because it can be described as John Ruusbroec calls a "dark luminosity", or a transcendent dialectic that includes the apophatic elements of darkness and the cataphatic elements of light. In this method, we'll explore the ways this metaphor can be used in our practice to let the discursive analysis of our visual faculties gradually dissolve into a non-dual mode of perception, where seer, seeing, and seen are one. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
10:18
October 21, 2020
Zen Koan: Mokusen's Hand
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
October 19, 2020
Zen Koan: Is That So?
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
October 12, 2020
Zen Koan: A Cup of Tea
A koan is a short story, or vignette that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters from the Rinzai school have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Let's explore some together. After hearing the koan, rest in your meditation posture and contemplate the koan, or follow your breath. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
07:38
October 5, 2020
Visual Centering Prayer: Into the Deep
The idea behind this method is not too dissimilar from the structure found in the 14th century spiritual classic, the Cloud of Unknowing, but conceptually reversed. In “The Cloud of Unknowing”, the anonymous author tells the reader to “continually place a cloud of forgetting between yourself and the creatures or forms of the world, and a cloud of unknowing between you and God.” In short, they’re saying, “let go of all the concepts that tie you to form, and let go of the concepts that you think characterizes emptiness” So that all is left is a naked intent toward the Real. In this method, we use the image of a body of water, with its restless wind and waves at the surface (representing thoughts, feelings, and emotions) and we continually sink down beneath them. As a body of water is tumultuous at the surface, often it is supremely still at the bottom. To get an idea of the type of visual image I’m referring to, take a look at the episode cover for this meditation, which is an original piece of artwork called "Anxiety" done by a good friend, Mike Reynolds. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
15:38
September 29, 2020
Divine Vision: The Lord of Yoga
In this episode, we explore the divine vision account from the Bhagavad Gita. After a long collection of extremely dense spiritual teachings, finally Arjuna asks his friend Krishna to see his ultimate form as the Lord of the Universe. Throughout the Bhagavad Gita (The Song of God), Krishna reveals to Arjuna, a warrior, the true meaning and purpose of his existence - to know and be united with Krishna. Although the battlefield is a backdrop, the true subject of the Gita is the war within, israel, the true jihad. As such the dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna is not so much an external one but an internal one concerning the supreme science, the brahmavidya which is the knowledge of self. It is a conversation between our egoic human personality always full of questions, and our deepest self, which is Divine. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
20:16
September 21, 2020
Divine Vision: Julian of Norwich
This is a look at the Divine vision account of Saint Julian of Norwich in her "Showings" or "Revelations of Divine Love. As she explains, these series of fifteen visions were received by her through bodily sight, spiritual sight, as well as words formed in her understanding. Julian composed both a short text, and a long text of the unpacking of her visions in no shorter than 86 chapters, exploring the graphic imagery of the crucifixion of her Lord and what she took from it over 15 years of examination. Julian's mystical message is rooted in the Pauline theology of sin, grace, and redemption in Jesus, especially the notion of the solidarity of humanity in Christ. But she goes beyond this often misunderstood perspective with her development of the concept of the Motherhood of Jesus.  Perhaps her greatest insight from her visions into the nature of reality is that both the ultimate subject, object, and final cause are one and the same: love. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
18:02
September 14, 2020
Divine Vision: Hildegard of Bingen
This is a look at the account of Divine vision from Hildegard of Bingen. Hildegard was both a visionary as well as a theorist of visions, having a strong interest in both cosmology and eschatology. But she was also a poet, playwright, composer, artist, physician, and one of the most remarkable women in the history of Christianity. One of the deeply interesting things about her is that she focused not only on the content of her visions, but the mode, transmission, and effect they had upon her consciousness. This visionary account is one from her old age, in which she describes the non-sensory experience of what she calls, "The Living Light" that has the effect of healing, equanimity, and abundance. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
10:22
September 7, 2020
Divine Vision: George Fox
George Fox was an English Dissenter, who was a founder of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the Quakers or Friends. The son of a Leicestershire weaver, he lived in times of social upheaval and war. He rebelled against the religious and political authorities by proposing an unusual, uncompromising approach to the Christian faith. The Quakers have been a facet of the Church that has retained its contemplative and relational dimension, while emphasizing both tradition and experience, justice and mercy, action and contemplation. This non-dual tension of at times conflicting ideas may have its roots in what this groups founder, George Fox, experienced in his divine vision. He was very much influenced by Quietist mystics such as Madame Guyon and Miguel de Molinos, and placed emphasis on the supremacy of interior illumination, or inner light. Listen and try to get a sense of what he was feeling when he wrote these words, and maybe examine if you've felt that too. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
10:28
August 10, 2020
Divine Vision: Saint Augustine
This is a look at the Vision of God as described by Saint Augustine. He describes several visions he received while in Milan in 386,  and in Ostia in 388. These narratives owe much to Augustines reading of Plotinus, but they also reflect his own deepening awareness of God's action in his life and the action of grace as a model for the meaning of human existence. Augustine's message is that finding God is not a solipsistic affair, but is essentially ecclesiological, given to those that awaken within the united whole of creation. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
18:38
August 3, 2020
The Kingdom of God is within you.
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. Today Clint Sabom of Contemplative Light leads us through a guided meditation based on Leo Tolstoy's book "The Kingdom of God is within you". Clint Sabom is Creative Director of Contemplative Light and the writer of the book “Preparation For Great Light”. His areas of knowledge are Christian Mysticism, Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism, Shamanism, NLP, CBT, psychoanalytic models, brainspotting, Integral Theory, body therapy, sound healing, Reiki, and hypnosis. FOR METHODS LISTENERS: Use this link to gain access to all of the amazing courses offered by Clint Sabom and Marc Shaw over at Contemplative Light! https://contemplativelight.teachable.com/?affcode=107700_fntzp_ku Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
17:50
July 27, 2020
Being-With: Clint Sabom
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. My name is Jory, and today we’re talking with Clint Sabom Clint Sabom is Creative Director of Contemplative Light and the writer of the book “Preparation For Great Light”. His areas of knowledge are Christian Mysticism, Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism, Shamanism, NLP, CBT, psychoanalytic models, brainspotting, Integral Theory, body therapy, sound healing, Reiki, and hypnosis. FOR METHODS LISTENERS: Use this link to gain access to all of the amazing courses offered by Clint Sabom and Marc Shaw over at Contemplative Light! https://contemplativelight.teachable.com/?affcode=107700_fntzp_ku Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
41:00
July 27, 2020
Self Compassion with Marijke Ocean Joy
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. Today Marijke leads us through a simple meditation on self-compassion, which I think is arguably the most difficult AND most essential compassion we can practice. Our practice of being compassionate toward ourselves naturally allows compassion to flow outward to others. Once we make the unconscious conscious, we no longer project our own self-hatred onto others. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
09:14
July 20, 2020
Being-With: Marijke Ocean Joy
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. My name is Jory, and today we’re talking with Marijke. A former banker and business executive, Marijke left this career path in search of a greater sense of authenticity & joy.  Having begun mindfulness practice over 20 years ago – but keeping it in the background of her life - Marijke returned to mindfulness as she began her journey of discovering a life of greater well-being and purpose. As she learned how modern neuroscience was beginning to interface with the traditions of mindfulness practice – explaining why mindfulness can be life changing for so many people - she became increasingly inspired to share these simple tools with others and is now studying mindfulness meditation in a teacher certification program led by Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach. Find her here: https://www.marijkeoceanjoy.com/ Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
35:19
July 20, 2020
Icon: Trinity
Hello, and welcome to Methods. This is the fourteenth episode of our third season: Vision. In our last season, we explored the concept of a meditation anchor, and the simplest of these, the breath. An anchor is something, anything really, that we set as the primary focal point for our rational mind. Doing this helps us to build concentration, and gives us a bridge, or a stable place upon which to stand, above the shifting state of our thoughts. This time, we will explore a visual or conceptual anchor to place our focused attention on, allowing our “monkey mind” to entertain itself, while our deeper and truer self rests simply in presence. This week, we will focus on a religious or spiritual icon. An icon is not an object of worship, but rather a sacrament or doorway into a devotional space with the Divine. There are many icons you can use, relevant to various faith traditions. For Christianity there is the Trinity of Andrei Rublev,  for Hinduism, the image of Krishna, for those not of any particular religious tradition, you can use whatever you feel a strong sense of devotion and meaning towards. Today, we will use the image of the Trinity by Andrei Rublev. It will be the episode cover art, or you can do a google image search, if you don’t own the icon. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
11:54
July 13, 2020
Icon: Krishna
Hello, and welcome to Methods. This is the sixteenth episode of our third season: Vision. In our last season, we explored the concept of a meditation anchor, and the simplest of these, the breath. An anchor is something, anything really, that we set as the primary focal point for our rational mind. Doing this helps us to build concentration, and gives us a bridge, or a stable place upon which to stand, above the shifting state of our thoughts. This time, we will explore a visual or conceptual anchor to place our focused attention on, allowing our “monkey mind” to entertain itself, while our deeper and truer self rests simply in presence. There is something uniquely powerful about finding a slowly-changing scene to behold.  It gives us an access point to the present moment, while also recognizing its transience, its continuous state of change, allowing us to let go, again and again, to be present with what is. This week, we will focus on a religious or spiritual icon. An icon is not an object of worship, but rather a sacrament or doorway into a devotional space with the Divine.There are many icons you can use, relevant to various faith traditions. For Christianity there is the Trinity of Andrei Rublev, for Buddhism, the Lotus flower, For Hinduism, the image of Krishna, for those not of any particular religious tradition, you can use whatever you feel a strong sense of devotion and meaning towards. Today, we will use the image of Sri Rama Krisnha. It will be the episode cover art, or you can do a google image search, if you don’t own the icon. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
11:07
July 13, 2020
Icon: Buddha
Hello, and welcome to Methods. This is the fifteenth episode of our third season: Vision. In our last season, we explored the concept of a meditation anchor, and the simplest of these, the breath. An anchor is something, anything really, that we set as the primary focal point for our rational mind. Doing this helps us to build concentration, and gives us a bridge, or a stable place upon which to stand, above the shifting state of our thoughts. This time, we will explore a visual or conceptual anchor to place our focused attention on, allowing our “monkey mind” to entertain itself, while our deeper and truer self rests simply in presence. There is something uniquely powerful about finding a slowly-changing scene to behold.  It gives us an access point to the present moment, while also recognizing its transience, its continuous state of change, allowing us to let go, again and again, to be present with what is. This week, we will focus on a religious or spiritual icon. An icon is not an object of worship, but rather a sacrament or doorway into a devotional space with the Divine.There are many icons you can use, relevant to various faith traditions. For Christianity there is the Trinity of Andrei Rublev, for Buddhism, the Lotus flower, For Hinduism, the image of Krishna, for those not of any particular religious tradition, you can use whatever you feel a strong sense of devotion and meaning towards. Today, we will use the image of the Buddha. It will be the episode cover art, or you can do a google image search, if you don’t own the icon. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
11:07
July 13, 2020
Centering Prayer with Marc Thomas Shaw
Marc Shaw is a student of the Christian mystics for over twenty years, a writer and teacher focusing on the contemplative teachings and practices to help people grow toward greater awareness of their true self. He went to Seattle Pacific University, where he majored in Psychology and Literature. Marc is a graduate of Fuller Seminary with a Masters in Theology and the Arts, a member of Spiritual Directors International, a member of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, a presenter-in-training with Contemplative Outreach, and a co-founder of Contemplative Light, a community of interfaith teachers and writers providing contemplative resources for growth and healing. Today, Marc leads us through his preferred prayer method, Centering Prayer. Find Marc here: https://marcthomasshaw.com/ Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
25:38
July 6, 2020
Being-With: Marc Thomas Shaw
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. My name is Jory, and today we’re talking with Marc Shaw Marc Shaw is a student of the Christian mystics for over twenty years, a writer and teacher focusing on the contemplative teachings and practices to help people grow toward greater awareness of their true self. He went to Seattle Pacific University, where he majored in Psychology and Literature. Marc is a graduate of Fuller Seminary with a Masters in Theology and the Arts, a member of Spiritual Directors International, a member of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, a presenter-in-training with Contemplative Outreach, and a co-founder of Contemplative Light, a community of interfaith teachers and writers providing contemplative resources for growth and healing. Find Marc here: https://marcthomasshaw.com/ Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
45:17
July 6, 2020
Imaginative Prayer: Abundance
Hello, and welcome to Methods. This is the thirteenth episode of our third season: Vision.  What would happen if we changed our perspective, from one dominated by scarcity and competition, to a worldview based on abundance and cooperation? What if we viewed everything we had as enough? This passage is from the Gospel of John, chapter six.  Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
13:32
June 29, 2020
I Am with you.
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. Today, Dr. Alexander John Shaia leads us through a meditation on the Gospel of Matthew. In his work, Alexander regards Matthew's Gospel as indicative of how we face change. What do we do with our fears, our doubts, our questions? How do we answer the call to move out from our comfort zone into something new?  Find him here: www.quadratos.com Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
16:54
June 22, 2020
Being-With: Alexander John Shaia
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. These short segments, are going to consist of a conversation, followed by our guest leading us through their preferred method of prayer, meditation, or other form of  practice. Today we talk with Alexander John Shaia. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Alexander grew up as part of a large extended family that had emigrated from Lebanon a generation previously. He grew up with the ancient traditions of Maronite Catholicism and was expected to become a priest, a family tradition since the year 1300. Alexander was led otherwise. He attended the University of Notre Dame and received a degree in Cultural Anthropology, a Master's in Counseling Education and Religious Education, a graduate certificate in Pastoral Psychotherapy, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. His training includes time in Switzerland with Jungian analyst, and founder of Sandplay Psychotherapy, Dora M. Kalff. Find him here: www.quadratos.com Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
48:36
June 21, 2020
Imaginative Prayer: Your Son Lives
Hello, and welcome to Methods. This is the twelfth episode of our third season: Vision. This passage is from the Gospel of John, chapter four. 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. What can you see around you? What are Jesus’ facial expressions? What are you feeling? Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
10:58
June 15, 2020
Visualization: Walking with your Guru
Hello, and welcome to Methods. This is the eleventh episode of our third season: Vision. Today, we’ll walk with our Guru. You can decide to walk with whomever you choose, be it Jesus, Krishna, the Buddha, or maybe just Spirit. As modern people, when we think of an event, we typically try to classify it as either historical, or mythological; objective, or subjective; real or imaginary. Did it really happen that way? Or is it just a story? Maybe this works for some things, but not so much for others. Franciscan Priest Richard Rohr says that the literal is the lowest form of truth, because it is only true at one moment in time and place, from one perspective. But the mystical, or the mythological, is true because it is always true. Did it happen in our heads, or did it really happen? Maybe the answer is yes. This is a helpful way to enter into Imaginative prayer or visualization. Maybe it’s where our minds meet with something deeper within us. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
10:58
June 1, 2020
Visualization: Joy of Presence
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. This is a visualization meditation on the spiritual quality of joy led by Kevin Johnson. Being willing to rest, to stop seeking is a simple process but it is not necessarily easy. And our culture and the popular mindset can often misguide us. How to simply learn to trust and be open to a deepening silence? How to stay focused when one's mind seems to be caught in spinning unhelpful stories and your mind acts like an echo chamber? There are an infinite number of ways and there aren't any one-size fits all templates. We each have to find our own way. But if one is a beginner, or one wishes to have a set practice they can use to help in times when it is tough sitting in patient waiting, a common practice of imaginative visualization based on our memory can help. Find Kevin here: www.kevinmichaeljohnson.com Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
11:50
May 29, 2020
Kevin Johnson: Story
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. This is a meditation on our internal stories, brought to you by Kevin Johnson. Being willing to rest, to stop seeking is a simple process but it is not necessarily easy. And our culture and the popular mindset can often misguide us. How to simply learn to trust and be open to a deepening silence? How to stay focused when one's mind seems to be caught in spinning unhelpful stories and your mind acts like an echo chamber? There are an infinite number of ways and there aren't any one-size fits all templates. We each have to find our own way. But if one is a beginner, or one wishes to have a set practice they can use to help in times when it is tough sitting in patient waiting, a common practice of imaginative visualization based on our memory can help. Find Kevin here: www.kevinmichaeljohnson.com Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
11:52
May 29, 2020
Introduction to Story and Visualization
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. This is an introduction to a series of meditations led by Kevin Johnson. Being willing to rest, to stop seeking is a simple process but it is not necessarily easy. And our culture and the popular mindset can often misguide us. How to simply learn to trust and be open to a deepening silence? How to stay focused when one's mind seems to be caught in spinning unhelpful stories and your mind acts like an echo chamber? There are an infinite number of ways and there aren't any one-size fits all templates. We each have to find our own way. But if one is a beginner, or one wishes to have a set practice they can use to help in times when it is tough sitting in patient waiting, a common practice of imaginative visualization based on our memory can help. Find Kevin here: www.kevinmichaeljohnson.com Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
21:53
May 29, 2020
Being-With: Kevin Johnson Part 2
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. This is the second of a two part conversation with Kevin Johnson. Kevin is a co-host for the Encountering Silence Podcast, and he studied Comparative Theology at Boston College with a specific focus on Buddhist-Christian interactions. He is an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT while writing his dissertation for Boston College exploring the relationship between apophatic and cataphatic theology in Nicholas of Cusa. He is founder and President of The Inner Room, a non-profit Roman Catholic lay organization that supports and engages in deepened prayer, stronger theological education and compassionate social action. The focus of his work is the recovery of Silence as a way of deeply engaging the world, fostering holistic wellness, and cultivating wisdom. Find Kevin here: www.kevinmichaeljohnson.com Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
52:38
May 27, 2020
Being-With: Kevin Johnson Part 1
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. These short segments, are going to consist of a conversation, followed by our guest leading us through their preferred method of prayer, meditation, or other form of  practice. Today we talk with Kevin Johnson. Kevin is a co-host for the Encountering Silence Podcast, and he studied Comparative Theology at Boston College with a specific focus on Buddhist-Christian interactions. He is an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT while writing his dissertation for Boston College exploring the relationship between apophatic and cataphatic theology in Nicholas of Cusa. He is founder and President of The Inner Room, a non-profit Roman Catholic lay organization that supports and engages in deepened prayer, stronger theological education and compassionate social action. The focus of his work is the recovery of Silence as a way of deeply engaging the world, fostering holistic wellness, and cultivating wisdom. Find Kevin here: www.kevinmichaeljohnson.com Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
45:57
May 25, 2020
Imaginative Prayer: In the Garden
Hello, and welcome to Methods. This is the tenth episode of our third season: Vision. This passage is from the Gospel of Luke, chapter twenty-two. 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. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
15:44
May 19, 2020
Being-With: Thomas J. Oord
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. Today we’re talking with Thomas Jay Oord. Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. Oord is a best-selling and award-winning author, having written or edited more than twenty-five books. A twelve-time Faculty Award-winning professor, Oord teaches at institutions around the globe. He is the director of the Center for Open and Relational Theology. Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational theology, science and religion, and the implications of freedom and relationships for transformation. Connect with Tom here: http://thomasjayoord.com/ Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
44:46
May 11, 2020
Imaginative Prayer: Walk on Water
Hello, and welcome to Methods. This is the ninth episode of our third season: Vision. Today we'll explore ignatian contemplation on a passage from scripture, the Gospel of John, chapter six. 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. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
11:24
May 4, 2020
Visualization: The Staircase of Our Being
This episode is a guided visualization by Cassidy Hall. She leads us through a meditation based around the idea of descending down a staircase into our innermost being and exploring the interior landscape through symbolic images. Most of the work we do as human beings is abstract and external, so much so that we often are estranged from our own self, and therefore everything else. This meditation can help us to reacquaint ourselves with our innermost being. Cassidy Hall is an author, filmmaker, podcaster, student, and trained counselor. She works as a Teaching Assistant at Christian Theological Seminary where she is studying for her MDiv and MTS degrees. She also serves as Student Pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ where she has begun the ordination process. Since 2017, Cassidy has served as the secretary of the International Thomas Merton Society. In 2012, while working as a counselor and reading Thomas Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation, Cassidy made a pilgrimage to all seventeen Trappist/Cistercian Monasteries of the United States. While there, she wrote, interviewed monks and nuns, and photographed her entire experience within these seventeen spaces. Her personal quest for silence was written about in this Des Moines Register feature article by Mike Kilen. Born and raised in Iowa, Cassidy moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to work on the production team of the documentary feature film In Pursuit of Silence. The film’s success on the festival circuit and beyond led to its worldwide theatrical release. Her directorial debut short-film, Day of a Stranger, paints an intimate portrait of Thomas Merton’s hermitage years and is anticipated for release in the summer of 2020). Find Cassidy here: www.cassidyhall.com Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
08:32
April 27, 2020
Being-With: Cassidy Hall
Cassidy Hall is an author, filmmaker, podcaster, student, and trained counselor. She works as a Teaching Assistant at Christian Theological Seminary where she is studying for her MDiv and MTS degrees. She also serves as Student Pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ where she has begun the ordination process. Since 2017, Cassidy has served as the secretary of the International Thomas Merton Society. In 2012, while working as a counselor and reading Thomas Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation, Cassidy made a pilgrimage to all seventeen Trappist/Cistercian Monasteries of the United States. While there, she wrote, interviewed monks and nuns, and photographed her entire experience within these seventeen spaces. Her personal quest for silence was written about in this Des Moines Register feature article by Mike Kilen. Born and raised in Iowa, Cassidy moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to work on the production team of the documentary feature film In Pursuit of Silence. The film’s success on the festival circuit and beyond led to its worldwide theatrical release. Her directorial debut short-film, Day of a Stranger, paints an intimate portrait of Thomas Merton’s hermitage years and is anticipated for release in the summer of 2020). Find Cassidy here: www.cassidyhall.com Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
29:38
April 27, 2020
Vision: Wave
This is the eighth episode of our third season: Vision. In our last season, we explored the concept of a meditation anchor, and the simplest of these, the breath. An anchor is something, anything really, that we set as the primary focal point for our rational mind. Doing this helps us to build concentration, and gives us a bridge, or a stable place upon which to stand, above the shifting state of our thoughts. This time, we will explore a visual or conceptual anchor to place our focused attention on, allowing our “monkey mind” to entertain itself, while our deeper and truer self rests simply in presence. There is something uniquely powerful about finding a slowly-changing scene to behold.  It gives us an access point to the present moment, while also recognizing its transience, its continuous state of change, allowing us to let go, again and again, to be present with what is. This week, we will focus on a wave. If you live in a place that doesn’t have access to the beach or the ocean, this method can also be done using your imaginative faculties. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
11:24
April 20, 2020
Imaginative Prayer: Place of Flowing Water
Hello, and welcome to Methods. This is our third season: Vision. Today we'll explore ignatian contemplation on a passage from scripture, the Gospel of John, chapter five. 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. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
11:24
April 13, 2020
Self-Emptying with Keith Kristich
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. Today Keith Kristich leads us through a Self-Emptying meditation which also focuses on the three intelligence centers of the head, heart, and body. Keith is a centering prayer group facilitator, Enneagram expert, and life coach. A graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington D.C., Keith is well versed in contemplative spiritual paths, as well as with non-religious community groups. Find Keith here: https://keithkristich.com/ Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
14:58
April 7, 2020
Being-With: Keith Kristich
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. Today we talk with Keith Kristich. Keith is a centering prayer group facilitator, Enneagram expert, and life coach. A graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington D.C., Keith is well versed in contemplative spiritual paths, as well as with non-religious community groups.  Find Keith here: https://keithkristich.com/ Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
30:18
April 6, 2020
Vision: River
Hello, and welcome to Methods. This is the sixth episode of our third season: Vision. In our last season, we explored the concept of a meditation anchor, and the simplest of these, the breath. An anchor is something, anything really, that we set as the primary focal point for our rational mind. Doing this helps us to build concentration, and gives us a bridge, or a stable place upon which to stand, above the shifting state of our thoughts. This time, we will explore a visual or conceptual anchor to place our focused attention on, allowing our “monkey mind” to entertain itself, while our deeper and truer self rests simply in presence. There is something uniquely powerful about finding a slowly-changing scene to behold.  It gives us an access point to the present moment, while also recognizing its transience, its continuous state of change, allowing us to let go, again and again, to be present with what is. This week, we will focus on a river, and what we can surrender to it. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
15:20
March 30, 2020
Being-With: Mary Jane Miller
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. Today we’re talking with Mary Jane Miller. Mary Jane Miller has painted icons for more than twenty five years. Her hope as a female iconographer is to create images where people might come closer to God. Painting modern catholic icons, and designing new byzantine style images, Mary Jane pushes the edge of tradition with respect and grace through her beautiful icons, and can further inform us how vision can play a role in our spiritual life. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
42:48
March 16, 2020
Imaginative Prayer: The Well
Hello, and welcome to Methods. This is the fifth episode of our third season: Vision. Today we'll explore ignatian contemplation on a passage from scripture, the Gospel of John, chapter four. 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. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
14:52
March 9, 2020
Centering and Conspiring Prayer
Carl is a contemplative writer, speaker, teacher, soul friend, and storyteller. He is a co-host for the podcast Encountering Silence, of which I am a dedicated listener. He is also the author of numerous books, including The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom and Unteachable Lessons. Today Carl McColman of the Encountering Silence podcast, leads us through an iteration of receptive meditation called Centering Prayer. Find Carl here: https://carlmccolman.com/ Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
19:48
March 4, 2020
Being-With: Carl McColman
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 Carl McColman. Carl is a contemplative writer, speaker, teacher, soul friend, and storyteller. He is a co-host for the podcast Encountering Silence, of which I am a dedicated listener. He is also the author of numerous books, including The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom and Unteachable Lessons. Link to purchase below: https://mccolman.net/?product=unteachable-lessons Find Carl here: https://carlmccolman.com/ Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
44:06
March 2, 2020
Vision: Cloud
Hello, and welcome to Methods. This is the fourth episode of our third season: Vision. In our last season, we explored the concept of a meditation anchor, and the simplest of these, the breath. An anchor is something, anything really, that we set as the primary focal point for our rational mind. Doing this helps us to build concentration, and gives us a bridge, or a stable place upon which to stand, above the shifting state of our thoughts. This time, we will explore a visual or conceptual anchor to place our focused attention on, allowing our “monkey mind” to entertain itself, while our deeper and truer self rests simply in presence. There is something uniquely powerful about finding a slowly-changing scene to behold.  It gives us an access point to the present moment, while also recognizing its transience, its continuous state of change, allowing us to let go, again and again, to be present with what is. This week, we will focus on a cloud. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
12:04
February 24, 2020
Lectio Divina with Fran Pratt
Fran is Pastor of Worship and Liturgy at Peace of Christ Church in Round Rock, TX. She's also a liturgist, musician, songwriter and mom. Fran crafts beautiful litanies to be used in a congregational setting on any topic you can imagine, including ones she commissions. Today she leads us through a powerful and historical method of prayer used by a long line of saints in the Christian tradition, called Lectio Divina, or Holy Reading. In Lectio Divina, the words of scripture are encountered with an inner stillness that draws us toward contemplation. We don't simply stop at the words, but go through them like a doorway. Fran's new book, “Call and Response: Litanies for Congregational Prayer” is available now on Amazon. Link to purchase below: https://www.amazon.com/Call-Response-Litanies-Congregational-Prayer/dp/0578213869/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=fran+pratt+litanies&qid=1581908428&sr=8-1 Find Fran here: @thelitanist www.franpratt.com Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods
12:52
February 19, 2020
Being-With: Fran Pratt
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 Fran Pratt. Fran is Pastor of Worship and Liturgy at Peace of Christ Church in Round Rock, TX. She's also a liturgist, musician, songwriter and mom. Fran crafts beautiful litanies to be used in a congregational setting on any topic you can imagine, including ones she commissions. Her new book, “Call and Response: Litanies for Congregational Prayer” is available now on Amazon. Link to purchase below: https://www.amazon.com/Call-Response-Litanies-Congregational-Prayer/dp/0578213869/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=fran+pratt+litanies&qid=1581908428&sr=8-1 Find Fran here: @thelitanist www.franpratt.com  Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
42:13
February 17, 2020
Episode 30: A Burning Bush
Hello, and welcome to Methods. This is the third episode of our third season: Vision. Today we'll explore ignatian contemplation on a passage from scripture, Exodus chapter three. 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.  Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
11:32
February 10, 2020
Gauranga meditation with Acharya Das
Acharya is a respected teacher of Vedic and yogic philosophy, meditation and kirtan, and a practitioner of the transcendental science of Bhakti Yoga, the process by which a person can come to know and love the Supreme Person. Acharya Das has taught yoga wisdom to appreciative audiences for over 40 years. He has an uncommonly deep understanding of yoga philosophy and practice and conveys that message in a clear and simple way. Listen here or at the link in our bio: linktr.ee/methodspodcast
11:29
February 2, 2020
Being-With: Acharya Das
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 talk with Acharya Das. Acharya is a respected teacher of Vedic and yogic philosophy, meditation and kirtan, and a practitioner of the transcendental science of Bhakti Yoga, the process by which a person can come to know and love the Supreme Person. Acharya Das has taught yoga wisdom to appreciative audiences for over 40 years. He has an uncommonly deep understanding of yoga philosophy and practice and conveys that message in a clear and simple way. Find Acharya Das here: https://acharyadas.com/ Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
54:20
February 2, 2020
Episode 29: Candle
Hello, and welcome to Methods. This is the second episode of our third season: Vision. In our last season, we explored the concept of a meditation anchor, and the simplest of these, the breath. An anchor is something, anything really, that we set as the primary focal point for our rational mind. Doing this helps us to build concentration, and gives us a bridge, or a stable place upon which to stand, above the shifting state of our thoughts. This time, we will explore a visual or conceptual anchor to place our focused attention on, allowing our “monkey mind” to entertain itself, while our deeper and truer self rests simply in presence. There is something uniquely powerful about finding a slowly-changing scene to behold.  It gives us an access point to the present moment, while also recognizing its transience, its continuous state of change, allowing us to let go, again and again, to be present with what is. This week, we will focus on a candle flame, which has been a common method of contemplative prayer for many throughout history, including recently, Father Richard Rohr. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
11:32
January 27, 2020
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. Find Amos and RCMR here: https://www.amossmith.org/ Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
11:54
January 17, 2020
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/ Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
1:04:26
January 13, 2020
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. Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
09:45
January 5, 2020
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. Find Mark here: http://conspiringprayer.com/ Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
11:08
November 4, 2019
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/ Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
33:51
November 4, 2019
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. Find Luke here: https://thespiritualnomad.org/ Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast Sponsorships: off for this episode
09:30
October 21, 2019
Being-With: Luke Bricker the Spiritual Nomad
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 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.  Find Luke here: https://thespiritualnomad.org/ Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
26:45
October 21, 2019
Episode 25: Holy Noticing
Hello, and welcome to Methods. Today, we sit with  Dr Charles Stone as leads us through the practice of Holy Noticing, an iteration of being mindful in light of the way of Christ. Charles has served for 37 years in ministry. He currently pastors West Park Church in London, Ontario. He founded StoneWell Ministries to serve pastors and churches through coaching and consulting. In his recent book, “Holy Noticing: The Bible, Your Brain, and the Mindful space between moments” Dr. Stone explores the connection between mindfulness and Christianity. Find Charles here: https://www.holynoticingbook.com https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Noticing-Mindful-Between-Moments/dp/0802418570 Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
10:59
October 10, 2019
Being-With: Charles Stone
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 Dr Charles Stone as we explore his take on what he calls Holy Noticing, an iteration of being mindful in light of the way of Christ. Charles has served for 37 years in ministry. He currently pastors West Park Church in London, Ontario. He founded StoneWell Ministries to serve pastors and churches through coaching and consulting. In his recent book, “Holy Noticing: The Bible, Your Brain, and the Mindful space between moments” Dr. Stone explores the connection between mindfulness and Christianity. Find Charles here: https://www.holynoticingbook.com https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Noticing-Mindful-Between-Moments/dp/0802418570 Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
25:49
October 10, 2019
Episode 24: Centering Prayer with Rich Lewis
Hello, and welcome to Methods: an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. Today our method is led by Rich Lewis,  a leader for RCMR (Recovering Christianity's Mystical Roots) and a contemplative workshop leader and writer.  In this method we get into the theory and practice of Centering Prayer, the type of contemplative prayer popularized mainly by Father Thomas Keating. Find Rich Lewis here: www.silenceteaches.com Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
09:11
September 16, 2019
Being-With: Rich Lewis and Centering Prayer
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 speak with my friend Rich Lewis,  a leader for RCMR (Recovering Christianity's Mystical Roots) and a contemplative workshop leader and writer.  In our conversation we get into the nuts and bolts of Centering Prayer, the type of contemplative prayer popularized mainly by Father Thomas Keating.  Find Rich Lewis here: www.silenceteaches.com Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
31:13
September 16, 2019
Episode 23: Sufi Breathing
Hello, and welcome to Methods: an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. This is the last episode of our second season, focusing on the breath. We’ve saved the most difficult of the exercises for last. So if you haven’t already worked with the previous methods of this season, it would be highly recommended. Today our exercise is called “Sufi Breathing” and comes from the Sufi tradition, a mystical or esoteric iteration of Islam. Islam is a faith based on complete devotion to God, and shares its origins, and many details with the other Abrahamic faith traditions, including Judaism, and Christianity. In this method, we explore the concept of "remembering Allah" and attuning our devotion with breath.  Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
11:04
September 11, 2019
Being-With: Jonathon Stalls of Intrinsic Paths
For this weeks episode of Methods Being-With, I spoke with Jonathon Stalls of Intrinsic Paths. Jonathon spent 242 days walking across the United States in 2010 and has continued to walk alongside thousands of people for thousands of miles. He is an artist, social entrepreneur, advocate for social, economic and racial justice, LGBTQIA+, Creator of Intrinsic Paths, and Founder of Walk2Connect. Jonathon recently finished his studies at the Living School for Action and Contemplation and has committed much of his life to inspire a connection-focused walking movement to help people deepen and heal relationship to one another, to the natural world, and to themselves.  Keep up with him here: https://www.intrinsicpaths.com/ @jonathonstalls on Twitter @jstallz on IG Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
40:48
September 3, 2019
Episode 22: Walking Meditation with Jonathon Stalls of Intrinsic Paths
This weeks method is a walking meditation led by Jonathon Stalls of Intrinsic Paths. Jonathon spent 242 days walking across the United States in 2010 and has continued to walk alongside thousands of people for thousands of miles. He is an artist, social entrepreneur, advocate for social, economic and racial justice, LGBTQIA+, Creator of Intrinsic Paths, and Founder of Walk2Connect. Jonathon recently finished his studies at the Living School for Action and Contemplation and has committed much of his life to inspire a connection-focused walking movement to help people deepen and heal relationship to one another, to the natural world, and to themselves. Keep up with him here: https://www.intrinsicpaths.com/ @jonathonstalls on Twitter @jstallz on IG Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com  www.patreon.com/methods  www.instagram.com/methodspodcast  www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
13:44
September 3, 2019
Episode 21: Skull Shining Breath
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. Today, our breath practice will be an advanced yogic breathing technique called Kapalabhati or “skull-shining breath”. This method is a great way to shake off negative energy and warm up your mind, body and spirit for a formal meditation practice, or just as a short meditation in itself to center you for the day. This method requires no spiritual belief or religious affiliation, so it is suitable for people of all faith traditions, or none.   Feel free to catch up with us on social media @methodspodcast, or if you'd like, you can support us on Patreon. linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
06:16
August 26, 2019
Episode 20: Who am I?
In this episode of Methods, Danny Prada of Heartway Church leads us through a breath-based exercise that centers around some questions famously asked by Saint Francis of Assisi. "Who am I?" and "Who are You, God?" You might not get any concrete answers from this meditation, but it may leave you with even more beautiful questions.  linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
11:07
August 20, 2019
Being-With: Danny Prada of Heartway Church
Today we speak with Danny Prada, pastor of Heartway Church in South Florida. Danny is a bit unorthodox, but here at Methods, we like that. Danny and I speak briefly about the dynamic nature of faith, and transformation through contemplative practices.  Check out more here: linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.heartwaychurch.com
36:18
August 19, 2019
Episode 19: Relaxing Breath (4-7-8)
This episode we'll do another secular technique, based on the work of Dr. Andrew Weil, a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing-oriented approach to health care which encompasses body, mind, and spirit. The 4-7-8 technique, known also as Relaxing Breath, is a way to release tension and reduce stress levels in your day to day, and can be done anywhere at anytime. Use it to help yourself fall asleep, to prepare, or decompress from your workday, or when you notice yourself getting agitated or upset. If you get lightheaded at any point in this method, do not be afraid to take a break and breathe normally for a while. https://linktr.ee/methodspodcast www.methodspodcast.com www.patreon.com/methods www.instagram.com/methodspodcast www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast www.drweil.com
06:16
August 12, 2019
Episode 18: Breath and Empathy
For today's method, we have our friend Michael Scott Evans from the Empathy& Podcast take us through a meditation centered around the breath and empathy, the power of feeling with another. The religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and many others often tout the virtue of compassion as the pinnacle of all spiritual effort. Once we can see no separation between ourselves and our neighbor, we can truly love them as ourself, because they are. "Those who possess this wisdom have equal regard for all. They see the same Self in a spiritual aspirant and an outcast, in an elephant, a cow, and a dog. Such people have mastered life. With even mind they rest in Brahman, who is perfect and is everywhere the same." -Krishna (Bhagavad Gita) Find more from Michael Scott Evans at the link below: www.empathyand.com www.methodspodcast.com linktr.ee/methodspodcast
09:40
August 5, 2019
Being-With: Michael Evans of Empathy& Podcast
Today we're trying something a little different. I sat down with my friend Michael Scott Evans of the Empathy& Podcast and community to chat about meditation and its power to connect us with others. Michael is a Texan by way of California with degrees in psychology and communication, as well as a Master's of Divinity in Theology from George W. Truett Seminary. In this interview, Michael talks to us about the ubiquitous superpower of empathy: what it is, what it does, and how to harness it. These interview episodes will be further called "Being-With" as a reference to the work of continental philosopher Martin Heidegger. Find more from Michael Scott Evans at the link below:  http://www.empathyand.com  http://www.methodspodcast.com  https://linktr.ee/methodspodcast
32:48
August 5, 2019
Episode 17: Non-Religious Techniques
This episode we'll take a look at a secular technique. That's right, no religious or spiritual affiliation needed. Just a way to ground and center yourself without all the God-talk. While helpful for some, it can be a pretty big stumbling block for others. Especially if you have baggage with the church, organized religion in general, or if you're just sensitive to "woo". We get it. There's a ton of people out there selling snake oil to solve all of your problems, which is why we offer these meditations for free. And while meditation can have cognitive and psychological benefits for our wellbeing, it's not a panacea. But if you remain open, and maintain consistency, it can very slowly make us more human. https://www.methodspodcast.com https://www.patreon.com/methods https://www.instagram.com/methodspodcast https://www.facebook.com/methodsthepodcast
10:40
July 30, 2019
Episode 16: Conspire
Today we explore a contemporary Method of prayer called Conspire, rooted in the Christian Mystical tradition. Not to be confused with the Conspiring Prayer of Mark Karris, Conspire is based on the Latin root "conspirare" which means breathing-with or with-breath. We'll throw it all the way back to the book of Genesis for this one, then give you some tips on creating a sacred space of your own. As with all Methods episodes, we encourage the use of headphones, not only to minimize outside distractions, but also to take advantage of the binaural beats we place within the meditations. Please rate and review us on iTunes! Follow us on social media @methodspodcast or at www.methodspodcast.com If you'd like bonus content, or just want to support the podcast, give as little as $1 a month at www.patreon.com/methods Art by: @mmmkaycreative Photography by: @slightlyhungryartist
16:58
July 1, 2019
Episode 15: Dantien
This week it's all about the East. Or, at least Eastern Spirituality. What do Qigong, Taoism, and Zen have in common? A shared concept of energy centers within the body that correspond to facets of awareness. We'll talk briefly about the different centers, with our method focusing on the lower dantien, or Golden Stove. Lets get cooking.
11:14
June 17, 2019
Episode 14: Christian Mindfulness Meditation
Hello, and welcome to Methods: an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. This week we bring you a guided meditation by Rich Johnston, the Director for Christian Mindfulness - an organization based on providing resources for contemplative spirituality in the UK. Rich leads us through his preferred method this week, and it's a good one. And the Scottish accent doesn't hurt.
09:33
June 3, 2019
Episode 13: Three Phrase Cycle
This week in Methods we build upon the Split Breath prayer from episode 12, moving into what is called a Three Phrase Cycle. Sounds complicated, but it's really not. This method uses the comfort we have built with our breath over the season to break it into three distinct phases: Inhale, Exhale, and Pause (Kumbhaka). Utilized in the context of prayer, this way of breathing gives different texture to each part of the prayer when paired with phases of the breath.
12:20
May 15, 2019
Episode 12: Split Breath Prayer (Acceptance and Gratitude)
This week we continue our series on the breath in the context of prayer and meditation. Typically the breath serves as a focus point for meditation, but in this case, breath is the medium we use to express our prayer to God. Meister Eckhart is quoted to say, "If the only prayer you ever said in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." This weeks episode uses a modified split breath method based on the Trihagion (don't worry, we'll explain later) to evoke simple acceptance and gratitude toward life, toward ourselves, toward God.
12:58
April 30, 2019
Episode 11: Vipassana
This week in Methods, we continue with our series on the breath, using it to focus our attention and hone our awareness to bring us closer to a state of wellbeing by the shedding of our attachments to our self-prescribed programs for happiness. This week we focus on a method called Vipassana, coming from the Theravada stream of Buddhism and popularized in the modern era by S.N. Goenka. If you enjoy this podcast please rate and review us on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play or Stitcher. Visit our website at www.methodspodcast.com
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April 14, 2019
Episode 10: YHWH
This week we continue in our Breath series with a meditation on the Tetragrammaton, or the sacred name of God in the Jewish tradition. Given initially in the theophany of Moses, the Divine reveals itself in existential poetry, as being itself. This is why theologians such as Paul Tillich describe God not as a being, but as the ground of all being. As per tradition Some Rabbi's have said that the name of God cannot be spoken, but only breathed. This implies that you are calling the name of God, right now. Visit us on social media @methodspodcast or at www.methodspodcast.com
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March 25, 2019
Episode 9: Agape
Hello, and welcome to Methods, an exploration in guided prayer and meditation. This week, we are exploring the theme of Agape within the context of our breath-work. In ancient Greece, there were many different words to describe love. There was Philia (or brotherly love), Eros (or intimate love), Storge (or affectionate love), Pragma (or dedicated love), and Agape – unconditional love. Agape is a Greek term for a specific kind of love that is thought to resemble the love with which God loves the world. In this method, we will practice a breathing meditation with focus on the unconditional love of God.
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March 11, 2019
Episode 8: Praying from the Clay
This week we continue with the second episode of our Breath series. In this exercise we combine visualization and embodiment with our breathwork in a method called Praying from the Clay, inspired by Franciscan Priest, Father Richard Rohr in his book "Just This". The exercise is primarily based on ideas from Genesis 2:7, Romans 8:26, and 1 Corinthians 3:16.
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February 25, 2019
Episode 7: Attentive Breath
This is the first episode of our second season: Breath. In our first season, we explored Tradition in the context of Western Christian spirituality, and various familiar and unfamiliar practices. This season, we'll take a step back from the Christian tradition, and focus more on various breathing methods that can be utilized in any faith tradition or spiritual setting. These practices can form a sort of foundation or base upon which we can build our own practices and ways to connect with God. For this practice, belief or unbelief is relatively unimportant, as we will be solely focusing on the breath-work associated with mindful breathing. For more information, find us on social media @methodspodcast or at www.methodspodcast.com
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February 11, 2019
Episode 6: Silence
This episode is our last in the Traditions series, and it may be the most difficult, but arguably the most essential. In this episode, we'll strip down our prayer, liturgy, theology, and philosophy to simply sit in silence and solitude with God. Try to go into this time of silence with a feeling of receptivity, with your heart open to what you might receive, or what you may not receive. Will God speak to you? Or will your silence be met with silence?
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January 28, 2019
Episode 5: Prayers of the People
This week, we continue our season theme of "Tradition" - the ways in which some (mostly western) parts of the church have viewed prayer and liturgical practices. It can seem at times like the contemplative path or modern spirituality can be insular or too self-referential, ignoring the external world and societal change that we feel impelled to bring about via the concept of the Kingdom of God. This however, couldn't be further from the truth. For while outer change is beneficial, to make it lasting and not driven from our false sense of superiority, it has to come from the inside. One of the ways we are able to do this is intercessory prayer. Many people, especially those who are or have undergone a deconstruction of faith, can find intercessory prayer difficult. If that's you, think of these prayers as a type of Loving-Kindness Meditation, extended out to the world. Through this holding of others in our heart space, it changes the way we relate to them, and by extension, everything else.
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January 14, 2019
Episode 4: Walk The Path
This season, we've been focusing on the lens of Tradition as it pertains to prayer, meditation, and contemplation. We encourage those who were raised in the Christian tradition, or in western society in general, to invest time in getting to know these ancient methods as tools to assist you in growing closer to God. In doing this, you accept an invitation into the larger history of Christendom in its seeking of the Divine. If you weren't raised in this tradition, or if it brings up unpleasant feelings for you, it may be used as a learning tool to understand faith practices of others unlike yourself, or to reassociate certain words in a more positive and healing way. In this episode, we introduce the practice of the prayer of Thanksgiving, as well as continue with a session of Imaginative Prayer. The attitude of Thanksgiving is an important one in any spiritual path, including Christianity. The very nature of reality is completely gratuitous, or given, and our task as spiritual seekers is simply to receive what is. However to receive, we must first surrender what we grip so tightly. Sources used in this episode included The Worship Sourcebook, and The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life by Tony Jones. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. Visit us at www.methodspodcast.com or @methodspodcast on social media.
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December 31, 2018
Episode 3: Lectio Divina
In this episode, we introduce the practice of Lectio Divina, or "divine reading" an ancient method of relating to scripture. In this process, we engage the text not buy studying it in an academic way, but instead by relating to it. We begin by Lectio (reading), followed by meditatio (meditating), and then oratorio (prayer). We end in a silent time of contemplation. This way of relating to the Bible, or your holy text of choice can draw you closer to it in a more intimate way, breathing life into the text, and letting the text breathe into you. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review us on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. Visit us at www.methodspodcast.com or @methodspodcast on social media.
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December 21, 2018
Episode 2: The Jesus Prayer
In this episode, we explore an orienting prayer, as well as a practice known as The Jesus Prayer, or prayer of the heart. The early desert fathers thought this is what Paul the apostle had in mind when he said things like, "pray without ceasing". After constant repetition, the prayer absorbs you into itself, and you find it humming along with you everywhere you go.
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November 21, 2018
Episode 1: The Last Supper
This first episode of Methods introduces us to an Orienting Prayer, a prayer of Thanksgiving, and finally an Imaginative Prayer exercise, or "Ignatian Contemplation" as it might be recognized in the Jesuit community.
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October 30, 2018