PODcast: The Church is Getting Wellness all Wrong

Our three regular guests, Pastor Andru Morgan of Parkrose United Methodist, Pastor Phil Vestal of RuahSpace and Pastor Aaron Miller of University Hill Congregation discuss how the Church is getting the body wrong. The human body that is. What is the Church missing out on when it abdicates the wellness space to secularism and theContinue reading “PODcast: The Church is Getting Wellness all Wrong”

Introduction to Centering Prayer with Father Nicholas (15, and 5 minutes of silence)

Here is a quick introductory PODcast for those interested in Christian contemplation. Father Nicholas Amato, a Christian Wellness Guru, takes us through the exercise. Below are two options for 15 minutes or just 5 minutes of silence. Father Nicholas goes over breathing techniques and how to use a short prayer to help you “float likeContinue reading “Introduction to Centering Prayer with Father Nicholas (15, and 5 minutes of silence)”

Former New Age Guy Talks Yoga Dos and Don’ts for Christians

The current Christian civilizational encounter with Yoga reminds me of the early Church as it wrestled with what to make of Greek Philosophy. Was it all pagan? Was some of it valid?

Reborn Bodily into the New Year

Christ is Born! Welcome to the new year! If you want some relief from the stress, distraction, and isolation that 2020 (and now 2021) has thrown our way, we invite you to join our PraXis online group on Zoom and MeetUp. This year, we will begin to discuss and practice embodied forms of prayer asContinue reading “Reborn Bodily into the New Year”

Intro: Christian Diet/Fasting

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” Matthew 6:16  Fasting isn’t self-torture; it’s an ancient spiritual practice that improves our health while cultivating our intimacy with God. In remembrance of Christ,Continue reading “Intro: Christian Diet/Fasting”

Intro: Christian Mindfulness, Gradual Approach to Silence [Part 3 of 3]

In our last post, we talked about the form of mindfulness prayer known as contemplative prayer. We also went through the step by step process of Centering Prayer. However, a lot of people find it hard to do Centering Prayer right off the bat. For those unfamiliar with these types of silent prayers we recommendContinue reading “Intro: Christian Mindfulness, Gradual Approach to Silence [Part 3 of 3]”

Intro: Christian Mindfulness and Centering Prayer [Part 2 of 3]

“The vigilant monk is a fisher of thoughts” – St. John Climacus, 600 CE Please read the first post to understand some of the terms we will use in this conversation. The PraXis routine is to do 20 minutes of light exercise followed by 10–20 minutes of Christian Mindfulness, also known as contemplation. Ideally theseContinue reading “Intro: Christian Mindfulness and Centering Prayer [Part 2 of 3]”

Intro: What is Christian Mindfulness? [Part 1 of 3]

PraXis explores evidence-based wellness practices in exercise, diet and mindfulness as they relate to the ancient Christian tradition of askesis or spiritual training. Wellness addresses two core chronic health problems in America: heart-related disease and mild anxiety and depression.  We’ve talked a good deal about how exercise and diet can address our bodily health. InContinue reading “Intro: What is Christian Mindfulness? [Part 1 of 3]”

Intro: Wellness as spiritual practice

PraXis might be a strange concept to some Christians because it brings the idea of spiritual life into how you approach your fitness, your food, and even your thoughts and emotions. But these are the three elements that have comprised spiritual practices all around the world and throughout time. The word praxis is just GreekContinue reading “Intro: Wellness as spiritual practice”