Saturday, January 30, 2010
A Healthy Spiritual Posture
At the Epiphany Explorations conference I really appreciated David Benner, a clinical psychologist and Christian, the founder of the Institute for Psycho-spiritual health and a professor in the States. He had a lovely presence and seemed to share from great wisdom.
He spoke about developing a "healthy spiritual posture," one which welcomes and integrates all aspects of self. Benner proposed three core spiritual practices:
1 Paying Attention -- the opening of self to be present, to be aware, awake
-- it is contemplation rather than concentration.
2 Embracing Reality -- hospitality to reality for the sake of transformation
3 Practicing Surrender -- not giving up or sending up the white flag
-- letting go of the illusion of control and softening our attachments
I purchased his book Surrender to Love: Discovering the Heart of Christian Spirituality because I wanted to follow his thought further.
Does any of this speak to you?