Spiritual Exercises: Joining Body and Spirit in Prayer

Overview

"For just strolling, walking, and running are bodily exercises, so spiritual exercises are methods of preparing the soul," wrote St. Ignatius in his "Spiritual Exercises." In her homage to this classic, Nancy Roth offers a rationale and overview of contemporary prayer practices that prepare the soul in the here and now through a variety of exercises that honor the link between "body" and spirit" and lead the body to express itself in prayer.

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Overview

"For just strolling, walking, and running are bodily exercises, so spiritual exercises are methods of preparing the soul," wrote St. Ignatius in his "Spiritual Exercises." In her homage to this classic, Nancy Roth offers a rationale and overview of contemporary prayer practices that prepare the soul in the here and now through a variety of exercises that honor the link between "body" and spirit" and lead the body to express itself in prayer.

To help us in our quest to integrate physical well-being with spiritual practice, Roth introduces and leads us through many different disciplines, including Pilates, Tai Chi, yoga, dance, strength training, and aerobic exercises. After summarizing their origins, she describes each discipline clearly, with three or four examples, and then discusses how this particular form of exercise provides a metaphor for the spiritual journey. Other sections discuss breathing and posture, alignment,and progressive relaxation, while the final chapter helps us think through all the different offerings presented here and decide which we might incorporate into our own lives of prayer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596270053
  • Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: A Confession to St. Ignatius xi
Introduction: Marvelously Made 1
1 Fully Alive 7
2 Spiritual Exercises 15
Breathing 16
Walking 22
Meditation Walking 26
Walk, Look, and Listen 29
Pilgrimage 30
Labyrinths 32
Hatha Yoga 35
Tai Chi 42
Pilates 50
Alexander Technique 54
Strength Training 58
Aerobic Exercise 65
Dance 70
"Home Work" 75
3 Praying Through the Body 81
Contemplative Prayer 82
Aerobic Exercise 87
Movement Mantras 88
Improvisation and Ecstasy 91
Reflective Prayer 93
Verbal Prayer 100
4 Rest 111
Relaxation 113
Massage 116
Rhythm 117
5 No Body, but Yours 119
Notes 123
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