A Contemplative Practice
Lectio 360 is a personal, guided contemplation connecting you to your inner dialogue and intuition.
WHAT IS LECTIO 360?
Inspired by a centuries-old group
practice of reading scripture, Lectio 360 is a nonsectarian guided contemplation of poetry or prose selected from the world's great writers. You are invited to simply listen, attend to your internal processes and be guided to your own personal intuition. All you have to do is receive.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The purpose of Lectio 360 is to deepen and strengthen your personal spiritual practice; to help ground you in the sacred in every thing, every day.
Weekly sessions are Friday at 5:00 p.m. EDT and are open to all. (For limited group sessions, please see Workshops.) Each session is 30 minutes. I read a selected verse four times. After each reading, I will pause and invite you to notice what you are reacting to. You are encouraged to keep a journal or notepad at hand to write down any meaningful words you hear and your personal commentary as we continue through the readings.
1. The first reading introduces you to the verse, as you listen.
2. The second reading invites meditation, reflection and resonance.
3. The third reading calls for a deeper connection, contemplation and making meaning.
4. The fourth reading rests within you. As you integrate the meaning, it becomes part of
your personal practice.
A DEEPER DIVE
The second reading invites you to listen. Just listen. Without judgment, without expectation. Just be a listener and let the words wash over you like a gentle shower. Receive with a beginner's mind, an open heart and fresh ears.
A DEEPER DIVE
The first reading introduces you to the selected verse for this session. I will identify and say a little bit about the author, and then I will read the selection.
You are invited to listen. Just listen. Without judgment, without expectation. Just be a listener and let the words waft over you like a soft breeze or soak in like a gentle shower. Receive with a beginner's mind, an open heart and fresh ears, even if you are familiar with the verse. Just listen.
The second reading invites you to listen, again, and reflect on what resonates for you. What word, words or phrase shimmers? Listen to what seems important. Perhaps a word or rhythm or sound resonates, echoing in your heart or psyche; pause there. See if it takes hold of you and whispers, "Me. Listen to me." Let your attention be light but receptive to the signal.
You may wish to write down what you heard or think you heard. It doesn't have to be *accurate.* Remembering that you do not have to grasp for anything, simply allow the process to connect what you hear; with what you feel. This is a personal contemplative practice and each time you participate, it will be unique. You practice Lectio 360 to grow, not to check a task off a to-do list.
The third reading gives you the opportunity to deepen the connection you've noticed and savor it. Let your vibration with the word, words or phrase resound. Notice what's new that you hear now. Open your heart and mind to the words and meditate on the connection you are making with your hopes, your wishes.
Return to your notes, write any word or words again, or anew. Add any words of your own feelings as you connect this Lectio 360 practice to the yearning in your heart without any evaluation or judgment. Let the connection grow stronger. Step out of your own way and allow meaning to emerge without judgment.
The fourth reading rests and merges within you. By now, your attention to the reading is integrated with your attention to yourself. You have heard and selected words that have personal meaning, and you may have now chosen and added your own words.
You may wish to organize your notes into a more coherent phrase of affirmation or a prayer for yourself or others.
Listen to the cadence of your own affirmation, your prayer. Your Lectio 360 practice here has guided you to the word or words that are important for you to attend to at this time -- to inspire you, to uplift and care for your heart.
May you go forward with a peaceful heart.
Lectio 360 Workshops -- Fall 2022
I am offering two five-week Lectio 360 workshops this fall via Zoom, beginning October 13 and October 14. Using guided meditations and selected readings, the Workshop leads you through a contemplative, therapeutic process. The goal is to help you connect with your deepest intuition for answers to the questions that you are asking yourself, solutions to the problems you are facing, and progress over the obstacles in your way.
Why should I sign up for this?
If you feel stuck in some way (job, relationships, personal growth), if you have a specific goal you are working on (building a new website, reaching a target weight, overcoming a block in a relationship or a long-held phobia that's holding you back), if you are seeking greater serenity, a more peaceful day-to-day life, or simply more meaningful inspiration for living, Lectio 360 Workshops can provide a safe, synergistic collective space for you to reconnect with your inner wisdom, strengthen your personal spiritual practice, and develop and deepen trust in your valuable intuition.
How does it work?
We will meet weekly for five 60-minute Zoom sessions (the first session may run longer to include introductions and orientation). The size of the group is limited to no more than five members to accommodate as much personal attention as possible. Using selected readings, I will facilitate guided meditations, present the selected reading multiple times, and probe your individual responses with thoughtful, targeted questioning designed to provide clarity for your personal growth and examination.
Date and time
There are two Workshops; the first begins on Thursday, October 13 and the second begins on Friday, October 14. Both are held midday at 12:00 p.m. Each Workshop runs weekly for five weeks. You may sign up for one group or the other.
Cost: Pay-What-You-Want pricing
At $175, $200, $225 or $250, I have designed the cost of my Workshops to make the sessions affordable to you. While $50 per session is my normal rate, consider the value of what this workshop means to you, what you can afford and please choose the payment level that makes the most sense for you. I want everyone to have access to this remarkable treatment.
Payment for your Workshop can be made with Venmo, Zelle or credit card. Payments are non-refundable.
ZOOM WORKSHOPS FOR FALL 2022
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OPEN FRIDAY SESSION
Lectio 360 is held every Friday at 5:00 p.m. EST via Zoom. Sessions are open to all and are 30 minutes long. A reminder email with the Zoom link is sent out Wednesday evenings. To sign up for that email, please click here.
The cost of Lectio 360 is up to you. A minimum of $5.00 per session is requested but never required. Payments of $5 or any amount you deem reasonable can be made with Venmo (Meg-Reilly-360), Zelle (firstname.lastname@example.org) or credit card and are non-refundable.