Spiritual Practices: The Welcoming Prayer
Last month I introduced you to the practice of having a Spiritual Director. I love having one and if you are wanting to go deeper with God, I hope you will consider finding one for yourself. If you’re wondering why we are doing these bi-monthly practices, see the note below. *
Today I want to talk about the Welcoming Prayer. I’m going to be trying this one during lent. It is the process of welcoming deep feelings that get triggered throughout our day.
I don’t like deep negative feelings. With my reaction, I want to eat sugar or drink wine. Since about a month ago, I gave up both of these in favor of a healthier body, and my feelings are now more front and center. I’m hoping the Welcoming Prayer will take me to a deeper, healthier place.
I’ve borrowed information, with permission, from my favorite website, The Gravity Center, to help explain the Welcoming Prayer. It’s a fairly simple but powerful practice. Here is part of their description:
“The Welcoming Prayer is a method of actively letting go of thoughts and feelings that support the false-self system.
Developed by Mary Mrozowski, one of the founders of Contemplative Outreach, the Welcoming Prayer invites God to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the emotional wounds we’ve stored in the body.
The method of the Welcoming Prayer includes noticing the feelings, emotions, thoughts and sensations in your body, welcoming them, and then letting them go.”
When you have an overly emotional experience in daily life, take a moment to be still and silent and follow these steps.
- Focus, to feel and sink into the feelings, emotions, thoughts, sensations and commentaries in your body.
- Welcome God in the feelings, emotions, thoughts, commentaries or sensations in your body by saying, “Welcome.”
- Let go by repeating the following sentences:
- “I let go of the desire for security, affection, control.”
- “I let go of the desire to change this feeling/sensation
So, that’s it, easy peasy right? We’ll see in about two week how easy it is. I just tried it and may still have tears blurring my vision. Thanks for joining me on this quest to try and develop helpful spiritual practices into my life. Let me know what you are trying and if it is helpful. Jacci
*I’m writing these bi-weekly blogs to get ready for the release of my new book, The Retreat: A Tale of Spiritual Awakening. It’s available for pre-order now on all eBook distributors and although it’s fiction, it has a lot of wonderful resources for expanding your contemplative practices.