Spiritual Exercises for the Heart

January 19, 2016

Being Still – “Be still and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10) Find a quiet space, sit comfortably, shoulders back, back straight but not rigid and breathe slowly and deeply. Be still even if you feel anxious.

Creating Space – Pray, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) This exercise creates space for you to experience God’s presence.

Allow God’s Rest – “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29) This exercise allows God’s heart to give your heart rest. Allowing is an exercise of letting go. Our hearts often carry burdens that cause deep pain or fear.

Love – “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37) Love is more than a feeling; it is a practice that we
need to exercise regularly.

Strengthened By Joy – “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12) Joy is the reward of spiritually exercising our heart. Joy is rooted in love. When joy is present God is present.Unlike happiness, things do not have to be going well for us to experience joy.

by Rev. Susan Roddey, Director of Spiritual Life at Abernethy Laurels