The goal of The Faith-ing Project is to enrich your spiritual life. Our hope is that this might be a gymnasium for the soul; a library for the spirit; and a toy store for the psyche.
On this page, you can expect to find information about specific spiritual exercises. If you are interested in more general information about building your spiritual practice, click here.
You are not alone.
So many of us are unsettled by the current landscape. There are threats to our physical health, our personal connections, our access to material needs. At these times fear can seem like our default response. A contemplative stance is the antidote to this fear. There are 3 steps we are doing to help alleviate fear and isolation at this strange time:
#1) We have just released episode number 2 of ‘The Open a Hand: A Faith-ing Project Podcast.” Listen to that here.
#2) One place that a group of relevant practices are gathered is The Book of Gratitude, Grief, and Love. The prices on the e-book and paperback have been lowered to $3.00 and $5.75. If this cost is prohibitive and you believe that these practices could help please fill out a contact form and request a copy of this book. A PDF will be emailed at no cost with no questions asked.
#3) In addition to that book, on Monday, March 23rd, we will revisit the email exploration ‘Building Your Spiritual Practice During a time of Transition.’ If you would like to receive an email pitching a different spiritual practice every day for two weeks free of charge, please fill out the contact form above.
The next Faith-ing Project Guide will be Contemplating the Enneagram. Samples of spiritual practices assigned to each of the nine types can be foundhere.
Our page with audio files and our page with meditation prompts have been updated! Click here to see our audio file page.
Click here to see the meditation prompts. (memes)
For more information (including access to the audio files that support the practices in the book) on The Faith-ing Project Guides click here. If you would like to go straight to ordering the books at amazon, click here.
Spiritual Exercises By Category
If you do not find what you are looking for here, click this link. Many of our resources, including audio files, strategies for bringing the practices home, contemplations built around the work of famous authors, and contemporary traditions can be found there.
Spiritual Exercises Listed Individually
Exercise 1: God’s Name (written and audio)
Exercise 2: Breathing With God (written and audio)
Exercise 3: A split-Breath Prayer
Exercise 4: A Time for Silence, A Time for Speaking (written and audio)
Exercise 5: Lectio Divina (written and audio)
Exercise 6: 3-phrase Cycles
Exercise 7: More Lectio (written and audio)
Exercise 8: Sacred Writing with an Unconscious Focus
Exercise 9: Sacred Writing With a Deliberative Focus
Exercise 10: Centering Prayer
Exercise 11: The Word We Need the Most
Exercise 12: Constant Repetition
Exercise 13: Apophatic Meditation (written and audio)
Exercise 14: Candles, Clouds & Waves
Exercise 15: The Riverside Meditations
Exercise 16: Apophatic Meditation with Variable Phrasing
Exercise 17: Emphasizing a different word within a phrase
Exercise 18: Who am I, God? Who are you, God?
Exercise 19: A Second Riverside Meditation (A related audio accompanies this practice)
Exercise 20: Tonglen
Exercise 21: Listening to God Listen to You
Exercise 22: Slowly Honing in Via Lectio
Exercise 23: The 5 Remembrances
Exercise 24: A Walk with Jesus
Exercise 25: Padres
Exercise 26: Nature Adoration
Exercise 27: The Examen
Exercise 28: The Jesus Prayer
Exercise 29: A Prayer for…
Exercise 30: The Five Senses
Exercise 31: Adoration
Exercise 32: 7-11 Breathing
Exercise 33: Through a Verse, One Word at a Time
Exercise 34: The Examen with Multiple Questions
Exercise 35: Loving-Kindness and Grattitude
Exercise 36: A Welcoming Prayer (Written and audio)
Exercise 37: Apaphatic Prayer focused on Trinity
Exercise 38: The Countdown
Exercise 39: Emptiness, And Fullness (A related audio file accompanies this practice)
Exercise 40: Mirroring
Exercise 41: Mindful Walking
Exercise 42: Another approach to Lectio Divina
Exercise 43: Be Still.
Exercise 44: An alternative Examen
Exercise 45: The Eye Through which…
Exercise 46: Apophatic Meditation with an Emphasis on Breathing
Exercise 47: Oneness Within a Network of Living Things
Exercise 48: A Second Oneness Meditation
Exercise 49: Observing the Breath
Exercise 50: Mantra Meditation Revisited
Exercise 51: A Body Scan (Written and audio)
Exercise 52: Metta (Loving-Kindness) Meditation II
Exercise 53: You are Closer Than Our Breath
Exercise 54: Labeling Thoughts
Exercise 55: Advent Meditations
Exercise 56: Advent Visualizations
Exercise 57: In God’s Womb
Exercise 58: God’s Breath, God’s Name.
Exercise 59: Breathing This breath with God.
Exercise 60: Beginning the Journey
Exercise 61: All Shall Be Well
Exercise 62: Embraced by the Silence
Exercise 63: And Now!
Exercise 64: St. John of the Cross and God’s Breath
Exercise 65: Hand washing as a Spiritual Practice
If you are interested in taking a look at some brief meditation prompts like the one below, click here.