Learn + Experience Guided Contemplation
Experiential. Open to All.
A variety of contemplative practices can act as thresholds to the Divine (recognizing that our understandings of the Divine are varied and incomplete). If we can learn to live more centered lives – lives that are more deeply open to and aware of God’s loving presence – we can experience an abiding peace within ourselves that can then ripple outward to create a more compassionate world. We can see the Divine in ourselves and everyone around us.
In the “ Learn + Experience Guided Contemplation” session, participants will learn more about contemplative practices — specifically “visio divina” or “sacred seeing” which uses a selection of relevant icons or images that each participant will choose from. There will be time for individual meditation in which participants are invited to journal, write, or pray/meditate as guided by the “reading” of their life as seen through their selected image. The session includes guided time in community in small and large group conversation where insights and experiences are shared from the time of quiet contemplation and visio divina. Participants will leave with a sense of having traveled alone, together — centered not only through personal quiet time, but by the wisdom of the group journey.
Julie Stevens is the Director of Contemplative Practices at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester. After working in worship and music ministry for 25 years, she has discovered a passion for helping others explore their inner-selves and deepen their spirituality.