Awaken Your Senses

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:14

Last November in the MB Herald was a review for Awaken Your Senses: Exercises for Exploring the Wonder of God (by J.Brent Bill, Beth A. Booram), a book about about experiencing God through smell, taste, and touch. The MB Herald review tells us that this book draws on scripture and Christian traditions of earlier centuries to invite young and old to become present to God with their five senses with simple contemplative exercises…

One of the “touch” exercises involves the Ignatian practice of entering into a Gospel story where Jesus heals someone through his touch. We are then invited, through our imagination, to feel Jesus touch us in a place where we need healing…

In this section, we are also invited to “come home to ourselves.” The labyrinth is introduced as a means of sensing how God dwells by his Spirit in the deepest place in our hearts, the centre of our being. We can hold that awareness with us as we move out from the place of stillness at the centre, then outward again.

—Daphne Esau Kamphuis, spiritual director, member of Highland Community church
Current Books, MB Herald, November 2012
http://www.mbconf.ca/home/products_and_services/resources/publications/mb_herald/november_2012/crosscurrents/current_books/awaken_your_senses/

Daphne Esau Kamphuis concludes, “I highly recommend Awaken Your Senses to MB readers.”

As author Brent Bill is also a Quaker minister and retreat leader, Awaken Your Senses can also be found at Quaker Books (quakerbooks.org). He has also authored The Sacred Compass: Spiritual Practices for Discernment (foreword by Richard Foster). Beth Booram, a spiritual director and healing prayer practitioner, has also written another book called Wide Open Spaces of God. In an interview with the authors at Read the Spirit, the authors of Awaken Your Senses suggest “feeling with your hands the various textures around you as you engage in prayer. Perhaps corduroy fabric, or felt, or wood, or stone or other textures that might suggest themes in your prayers.” Beth finds her inspiration from authors Parker Palmer, Henri Nouwen, Thomas Keating and J. Philip Newell. (Read the Spirit [readthespirit.com] is an interfatih media network focusing on religion and spirituality which also promotes James Bond and Twilight movie Bible studies, the Hindu light festival of Diwali, and Islam.)

Others promoting the sensual gospel in Awaken Your Senses besides the MB Herald include:

The Mennonite Church Canada
http://resources.mennonitechurch.ca/ResourceView/16/14984

The Lutherans
http://www.thelutheran.org/article/article.cfm?article_id=10630

The United Methodist Church
http://www.unitedmethodistreporter.com/2012/05/exploring-faith-through-the-senses/

Advertisements

One thought on “Awaken Your Senses

  1. Pingback: Pausing to Examine ‘Sacred Pauses’ | Menno-lite

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s