I have been a pray-er all of my life. I enjoy talking to God in many different forms. I have found that my preferred forms of prayer have changed throughout my life. There are many constants, but I always have a fall back position, so to speak.
In recent years I have really loved Lectio Divina which basically is reading a piece of scripture, perhaps several times and reflecting on it. For me, that reflection is usually with writing. I have learned wonderful things and heard God's voice in Lectio Divina. It is a conversational style of prayer.
But lately, I have been less drawn to that conversation with God, if you will. Lately, I have been drawn to a prayer form that used to be really hard for me. I have been drawn to comtemplation. Specifically, as I was meditating upon the Sacred Heart of Jesus one day, I was drawn more and more into the Heart of Jesus. I imagined myself inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus, washed by His precious blood. I began to let myself go to that iamge, that place in prayer more and more. I can feel the pain and the joy as I am surrounded by the love of Christ. My meditation is less words and more an experience, more of a feeling. I can't even describe the peace and consolation that I feel while surrounded by the love of Christ.
Because this meditation/ comtemplation is so new to me, I discussed it with my Spiritual Director this week. She encouraged me to continue with it. Perhaps if I have a point in all of this, it is to try to experience God in new ways, at least sometimes. It is an adventure in prayer. It was just what I needed.