Monday, March 24, 2014

Extrovert or Introvert?


Spiritual Direction is a contemplative practice. By contemplative I mean it values contemplation, which is a form of quiet resting in God’s embrace with no need for words or particular actions. 
It is what the Psalmist meant when writing, “Be still and know I am God.”  
The late Walter J. Burghardt, Jesuit theologian and spiritual writerdefined contemplation as, “a long, loving look at the real.” Once you get to what is real in your life, then you are at a place where God is actively inviting you to a closer relationship through awareness, prayer, discernment and action.
Most of us are drawn to one facet of the spiritual life. If you are an introvert, you may prefer stillness and silent prayer. Extroverts may be more keen on talking over their options and taking decisive action for God.  The reality is, we need all of the above.
Spiritual direction helps us take that “long, loving look at the real” from angles we may have been neglecting.  In fact, the stillness angle is probably the most neglected today. Unless we are really careful, our lives tend toward the hectic. Our culture is so bombarded with persuasive messages about how to live “the good life” that we can easily lose sight of what is real and lasting.
This blog will include writings to remind us to connect with our inner stillness and wait for the gentle prompting or insight from God. Spiritual direction is a contemplative practice that helps us recover that all important quest for meaning, love and our true identity.

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O Holy Spirit of God, abide with us: inspire all our thoughts, pervade our imaginations, suggest all our decisions, order all our doings. Be with us in our silence and in our speech, in our haste and in our leisure, in company and in solitude, in the freshness of the morning and in the weariness of the evening; and give us grace at all times humbly to rejoice in thy mysterious companionship; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 from The Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Home, 1965

2 comments:

  1. Maria: A very good description of an introvert. That describes me.

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  2. I think I'm more of an introvert as well but I also need my "people fix" but my soul thrives on quietness.

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