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”

Intro: U.S. health crisis, “salvation” and a Christian view of wellness

“Your Faith has made you well.” Luke 17:19 Too often we forget that the English word salvation, is actually a translation of the Greek word soteria, used in the New Testament. In Greek, the word applies to more than protection from harm, but also to health and well-being through Christ: the Healer (soter). The medicalContinue reading “Intro: U.S. health crisis, “salvation” and a Christian view of wellness”

Intro: Christian exercise?

“Train yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”  1 Timothy: 4:8 PraXis is about urging Christian to practice healthy living in Body, Mind and Holy Spirit. We do this through diet, fitness andContinue reading “Intro: Christian exercise?”

Intro: áskesis and physical/spiritual training

“All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.” 1 Cornin. 9:25 JOIN OUR MEETUP GROUP We draw our inspiration for PraXis from the ancient Christian tradition of asceticism, a tradition practiced by early Christians. Asceticism is practicedContinue reading “Intro: áskesis and physical/spiritual training”

Partner with the PraXis wellness experiment

PraXis is a theological field education project produced in cooperation with the Vancouver School of Theology at the University of British Columbia, BC, Canada. We seek sponsoring parishes and parachurch organizations who wish to explore the idea of incorporating evidence-base wellness and Christian spiritual practices. We are not necessarily trying to “teach” anything in particular.Continue reading “Partner with the PraXis wellness experiment”