Holy listening is listening for God. As you practice holy listening through this book, you will use your entire being—mind, muscles, senses, imagination, and breath—in listening for God’s activity in and around you. God created your body and gave you breath to sustain your life. Exploring the gift of your body—imperfections and all—will place you on a path toward healing and wholeness. You are encouraged to use this book as a guide on your journey toward healing, wholeness, and spiritual formation. Give yourself permission to slow down and listen to your body. As you begin to listen more deeply with breath, body, and spirit, take time to notice the holy amidst both the ordinary and the extraordinary, the loud and the quiet. Prepare to listen for God’s activity with all your being and to experience God’s peace.
Can this be used as a small-group study?
This book may be used by individuals or small groups. If you choose to engage with the book with others in a small group, remember that no two members’ journeys will be the same. Work with fellow group members to create a safe space for discussion, knowing that one person’s experience may be different than your own. Helpful tips for small groups are included at the back of the book. This devotional guide consists of forty themed invitations. Each invitation is designed to foster quiet space for your breath, body, and spirit. Each one consists of the following activities:
• scripture reading with lectio divina
• two yoga postures—line art included
• a breath prayer
• an aromatherapy scent using essential oils
• reflection questions for journaling or other creative expression
The information in this book is intended for educational purposes only. The advice shared is based on one individual’s personal experiences and research. It is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any emotional, physical, or spiritual condition, illness, or injury. The author, publisher, and distributors of this book retain no liability or responsibility with respect to information shared in this book. If you are pregnant, nursing, or have health concerns, please contact your health-care provider prior to beginning this journey.
Whitney R. Simpson is a soul care practitioner who offers yoga, spiritual direction, workshops, and retreats to help people find wholeness and God’s peace. She completed certification in spiritual formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, is a certified lay minister who serves as a spiritual director, and is a certified 500-hour master yoga instructor.