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Engaging your body as you engage your heart

Adapted from pages 276-277 of Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun. First edition copyright (c) 2005 by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL.

  • Use your body and heart as you worship. You could listen to music such as “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” (Casting Crowns), or a song of your choice. If you are in a difficult season, consider listening to “Praise You in this Storm” (also Casting Crowns). Another option is to read a scripture. If you have a scripture you are engaged with, feel free to use it, or bring back an old favorite like Palm 23

  • Choose a worshipful position (or positions) for this song or verse. One good worship position is “child’s pose,” often used in yoga.

Other positions to consider include:

  • Standing – honoring God and giving him your full attention.

  • Hands in prayer position over the center of your chest – expressing adoration.

  • Wrap arms around yourself – experiencing the embrace and delight of God.

  • Outstretched arms or arms lifted – bringing your awareness to and opening the core of your body toward God.

  • Uplifted eyes – drawing your attention towards heaven’s realities, not your own.

  • One hand on chest, the other raised with open palm – demonstrating your heart connection to God.

  • Kneeling – expressing humility and reverence.

  • Prostrate (lying face down or bowing low) – showing submission and obedient worship.

More opportunities: 

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