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Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation

Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation What is the difference between meditation and contemplation? What does the transition between them look like? How will you know if you are ready for the transition, and how can you prepare for it? Dan and Melissa discuss when and how this transitioning from meditation to contemplation takes place as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation... Read More

Affective Meditation Defined – Navigating the Interior Life

Affective Meditation Defined Navigating the Interior Life   AFFECTIVE MEDITATION Defined: Often the result of discursive meditation, affective prayer occurs when the heart and mind are engaged, with and beyond the intellect, with the object of the meditation.   This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan's book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction... Read More

What is the “Prayer of Simplicity”? (Part I of III)

Prayer of Simplicity: What is it? (Part I of III) Dear Father John, I’ve heard that the prayer of simplicity is a kind of a bridge from meditation to contemplation. Can you help me to understand what this experience of prayer might be and how one might know that God is leading them down that path? The term “prayer of simplicity” is used differently by different spiritual authors, so there is... Read More

My Wife and Meditation

September 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditation, Prayer

My Wife and Meditation My wife and meditation: My wife loves flowers. She is a beautiful woman inside and out and deserves flowers. Recently, I was driving home and began to think about her. I thought about how she has suffered and overcome. I was musing on her ability to stick with me when deeply fettered with illness, sin, and selfishness. As I pondered her face and her virtue in my mind, I was... Read More

Contemplation and Meditation… What is the difference?

Dear Father John, How is contemplation different than meditation? Contemplative prayer consists of a more passive (and more sublime) experience of God. If Christian meditation is the soul's inspired quest to discover God (our work of seeking God), contemplation is God's lifting of the soul into himself (God's work of embrace), so that it effortlessly basks in the divine light. The key distinction here... Read More