Background: This approach to the examen was inspired by Phileena Heuertz’ close focus on Ignatius’ original words in her excellent ‘Mindful Silence.’ There is an interesting balance in this exercise of holding and releasing our emotions.
- Inhale God’s presence deeply. Exhale the stress of the day. Repeat this process 3 times if need be.
- Do your best to find some gratitude. If it is not within you, it can be found in God’s presence which you are inhaling.
- Recall your day. You might do this by thinking backwards, beginning with 24 hours ago and gradually moving forward. See the whole of this time through that lens of thanksgiving. Become aware of those positives which were not expected.
- While still holding this gratitude, become aware of the emotions that you had through the day, and the emotions you hold now, as you review these memories. Do your best to accept them for what they are. No judggement, submission, or resistance is necessary here.
- Choose one experience of the day. Pray through this experience. Be aware of whatever your reactions to this experience are. Ask God to lead you this experience and all of your reactions to it.
- Stay with this experience until you find peace about it. If you have given the time you have for this and still feel unresolved, make a plan to return to this place soon.
- Give thanks for God’s presence in your day.