The simplest, most transformative prayer you may ever pray—the five senses prayer.
This book invites you to a simple practice of prayer and awareness that can turn each ordinary workday into a deepening spiritual journey.
No matter where you are or how busy you get, your five senses are always “on,” your mind and heart responsive to what you perceive. These channels of awareness can take you deeper into God's great mystery if you practice the discipline of submitting them to the One who is closer than you imagine.
The beauty of such a contemplative path is that you can follow it anywhere—alone or in company, in quiet meditation or amid the bustle of your craziest day.
Moment by moment, you invite God to open you up—eyes, ears, nostrils, hands and mouth, heart and mind. And moment by moment, as you open yourself, you’ll find yourself closer to God’s grace-filled and wide-open heart. Simply Open.
Pastor and award-winning author Paul (Close Enough to Hear God Breathe) invites readers to open themselves up to God in the course of each day by using their five senses as well as hearts and minds. Paul lays out a contemplative path to develop greater awareness through the senses and become more conscious of God in a four-step process of releasing old perceptions, receiving new ones, becoming more authentic, and doing things differently. He works through each sense in successive chapters, though he notes that there is no one right way to travel the path, suggesting that readers may vary the sense they work with as they desire. He draws on stories from scripture and his own congregation, as well as church history and writings from Catholic contemplatives such as Thomas Merton, Thomas Kempis, and Henri Nouwen. While not all evangelical Christian readers will be comfortable with Paul's contemplative approach, which leans heavily on liturgical Christian traditions, he marries it well with a looser, less formal style of meditation and writing.