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Week 1 (Resilience Requires Rest) - Day 5

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How full is the reservoir of your resilience?


All this week, begin by slowing yourself in mind and body. Slowing helps to invite awareness of both God and yourself. If it helps you to move while you pray and reflect, consider a slow walk.

Intentional, deep breathing is especially helpful to slow us, and combining your breath with one of the names for God as a simple prayer (Jesus, Shepherd, Healer,...) helps to open a conscious connection with God. (If you’d like to know a bit more about what you’re doing here and how others practice it, you might enjoy this article:  Take Time for Breath Prayer | WomenLeaders.com)

Begin with 2 minutes (setting a timer is helpful) of deep, slow breaths with your prayer word. Feel free to go longer as time and desire permits.

As you finish your “breath prayers,” spend another (at least) 2 minutes noticing yourself today. Notice anything you notice, but, in particular: What do you notice in your body today? Do you find pain?...tension?...peace?...energy?

Resilience Examen

The Examen is an ancient spiritual practice most commonly linked to St. Ignatius of Loyola. Broadly, it is a prayerful review of your day for moments when you experienced a sense of either God’s nearness or God’s distance. When practiced regularly, the Examen trains us to recognize, name, and move toward God in our everyday experience as well as understand what internally or externally may block us from the full experience of God’s presence. If you’d like, you can read a bit more about the Examen here: The Daily Examen - IgnatianSpirituality.com

Each week of our Building Resilience Challenge, you will be invited to a modified form of Examen on the week, taking stock of your current level of resilience and noting what you experienced as draining or filling your resilience reservoir over the last 7 days.

Returning to your quiet and stilled space, prayerfully consider the following questions…

  • How full is the reservoir of your resilience? 1 (bone dry) - 10 (overflowing)

  • Which way is the arrow pointing? (getting more full . . . or less full)

  • In what moments in this past week have you felt your reservoir draining?
    • Offer a prayer of lament to the God who cares for you...
    • In what moments have you felt God filling your reservoir? 
    • Thank God for the ways in which God has expressed tender love for you -- through specific people, the promises of scriptures, the whispers of the Spirit,...


    Scripture wisely instructs us to make the spiritual journey with others for the help and support of companionship. As you invest time in personal reflection, invest also in communal connection. Join our 12 PM Zoom Challenge Gathering today (and everyday, Monday - Friday) and/or with your household, your small group, a friend,...

    • The weekly “Resilience Examen” is readily done with others and could be translated to include the kids and youth in our lives. Schools often talk about things that “fill our bucket” or “drain our bucket.” Use an image that connects with the young people in your life and draws them into the reflection as well.

    Join us on Zoom: Monday - Friday at 12 PM

    Meeting ID: 818 5542 9409
    Passcode: resilience


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