St. Ignatius of Loyola strongly encouraged the use of imagination in meditation. In his SpiritualExercises, he shows how imagination will enhance our understanding and appreciation of Scripture, and how we can talk to Christ using the image. When meditating a passage of scripture one should become an active participant who experiences the story rather than someone who merely witnesses it.
The prayer links on the left are prayers practiced by Tim Malone, M.Div, a teacher, retreat leader and spiritual director active in Seattle community. In his meditations and prayers, he uses chants, hand movements, and breathing exercises. Whichever method that one uses, the purpose of prayer is to communicate with God. This means both speaking -- and listening -- to God's spirit.
You can use the prayers in this page to aid in your prayer practices. Also, you will find other creative ways of meditating in the Links to Virtual Spirituality Practices
PRAYER OF MOTHERING: A Solstice day letter to Earth Mother
Earth Mother, Nurse me (now)
©Timothy J. Malone. March 21, 2003
1. SIMPLE ABUNDANCE MEAL PRAYER
I give thanks for the abundance Received . . .
(Out breath with a Sigh, Hands outstretched on table)
I give thanks for the Abundance to come,
(And, hands raising, palms up)
trusting it WILL come I say, "YES!!"
©Timothy J. Malone.
1. ABUNDANCE PRAYER ala Tim Malone
AS YOU BREATHE IN,
"For the Abundance Received . . ."
(As you breathe out take a moment to reflect on and cup into your heart the Gifts of people, events, synchronicities Come into YOUR life today -- as well as to savor this present moment)
" . . . I Give Thanks."
ONCE AT YOUR HEART FORM
AS YOU BREATHE IN AGAIN FORM YOUR HANDS BACK INTO A BOWL AND SLOWLY STRETCH YOUR ARMS OUT INTO A BEGGING POSITION, AS YOU SPEAK THESE WORDS:
"For the Abundance to Come,"
STRETCH YOUR ARMS OUT TO FULL LENGTH IN FRONT OF YOU, OPENING HANDS WIDE AND TO EITHER SIDE, SAYING:
"Trusting it WILL Come "
AS YOU BREATHE OUT RAISE YOUR HANDS HIGH, palms up TO RECEIVE IN CONFIDENCE your eyes skyward:
" I Say, "YES!!"
* This prayer can last a minute -- or three minutes,
©Tim Malone, M.div
*Received on one-year solo pilgrimage in Asia And prayed each meal of Jubilee Year, 2000-2001