What is an “embodied spirituality” and what does it mean to embody your spiritual experience? How do we bring our bodies to our prayer, worship and other spiritual practices? There are several great resources I want to share with you that explore these questions.
I highly recommend these books…
- Embodied Prayer: Towards a Wholeness of Body, Mind & Soul by Celeste Snowber Schroeder. You can preview and read a portion of this book here.
- The Wisdom of the Body: a Contemplative Journey to Wholeness for Women by Christine Valters Paintner. You can find out about both the book and an online course that accompanies it here.
- Prayer of the Heart & Body by Fr. Tom Ryan. Find out more here.
I recommend the following articles and blog posts:
- NEW!! an article on using prayer ropes and one on my meditative prayer beads
- NEW!! a BEaUtiful BODY prayer: Blessing of the Body by Joyce Rupp
- an article with touching video about taking time for rest in the midst of chaos
- ideas for praying with play-dough
- a 7-part series on postures of prayer & praise
- thoughts on reclaiming yoga as a Christian healing tool
- Embodied Prayer: Reclaiming the Age-Old Wisdom of the Body Through Movement and Dance by Kathryn Sparks
- EmbodiedSpirituality, Now and Then by Jorge N. Ferrer
- What Does it Mean to Live a Fully Embodied Spiritual Life? by Jorge N. Ferrer
- Embodied Spirituality by Dr. Joseph A. Kim
- Yoga as a Creative Christian Practice
- Physical Movement in Jewish Prayer article by Joshua Rabin
- 3-part series on the body in Quakerism by Madeline Schaefer: Silent Body: My Struggle with an Eating Disorder; Bringing Our Bodies to the Light; A Truly Embodied Spirituality
I recommend the following videos:
- NEW!! let my friend Marlita Hill dance prophetically over your life
- CaraMayan embodied prayer: The Lord’s Prayer
- CaraMayan embodied prayer: Gaelic Blessing
- a Christ-centered grounding practice with scripture
- a Christ-centered breath practice with scripture
- a short prayer to embody your faith
Please check back on occasion as I will add to this list as I discover more resources on my own journey of living a fully-embodied, whole-hearted life! If you’d like to be notified of retreats and future offerings please sign up for the Rooted & Reaching email list.
Stay Rooted & Keep Reaching, Jody