A Contemplative Practice
Lectio 360 is a short, personal, guided contemplation connecting you from poetry to your inner dialogue.
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 and attend to your
own internal process and be guided
to your own personal meditation. 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.
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.
2. The second reading invites reflection and resonance.
3. The third reading calls for a deeper connection and making meaning.
4. The fourth reading rests within you and 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 brush over you like a soft breeze or 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." Remember, you do not have to grasp for anything. Allow the process to connect what you hear with what you feel. This is a personal practice and each time 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. Open your heart and mind to the words and connect them with your hopes, your wishes.
Return to your notes, write any word or words again, or anew. If you like, add any words from 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.
The fourth reading rests and merges within you. By now, your attention to the reading is blended 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 is currently conducted four times weekly via Zoom – on Tuesdays and on Fridays at noon and repeated at 4:30 p.m. All meetings are live and you may attend as often as you like.
You must register to obtain login information. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org up to one hour prior with a request for the meeting login information.
While Lectio 360 will always be provided free of charge to anyone, a minimum donation of $5.00 is asked of those who can afford to pay.
Donations can be made one of three ways, by:
Please contact me with any comments or questions at the phone or email below.
If you would like more information about me and the counseling services I offer, please see www.megreilly360.com.
I write a weekly blog focused on helping you live with compassion for yourself
and others. You can sign up here. You can also follow me on other social media.