This coming weekend, The Open Door is hosting a day-long Advent retreat to prepare for the next liturgical season. I can’t attend, but I wrote this body prayer for the retreat.
If you want to try it, center yourself with your breath first.
Then begin praying with your whole self: body, mind, and spirit.
The Jesus Prayer
You can do the following prayer in nearly whatever position you wish: standing, sitting in a chair, kneeling on the floor.
Lord hands palm up in front of you, like an offering
Jesus place the middle finger of the right hand on the palm of the left
Christ place the middle finger of the left hand on the palm of the right
Son of God arms reach out to your sides, palms up
– sweep the arms up over your head, reaching to God
Have mercy on me fold forward, hinging from the hip, palms up in submission
– if standing: knees slightly bent, hands reaching for floor
– if sitting: place chest on thighs, hands reaching for floor
– if kneeling: Child’s Pose, arms extended overhead