The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day, in order to detect God’s presence and discern God’s direction for our lives. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience.
One way to approach the Examen is as follows:
1. Become aware of God’s presence.
2. Review the day with gratitude.
3. Pay attention to the movements within your day…
- What aspect of your day was particularly successful? unsuccessful?
- What am I most grateful for that happened today? Where did I receive the most love? Person, place, happening?
- What am I least grateful for that happened today? Be with whatever you feel. Don’t change it. Be with the experience.
- Give thanks for all you have experienced.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
- What is God’s invitation to you today?
5. Look toward tomorrow.
I find the Daily Examen to be useful throughout the day as a Spiritual Check-In. Start paying attention to times when you resonate with an aspect of your day. What is happening in that moment? Notice times of dissonance. What is God showing you in the dissonance? We can learn so much by paying attention and tuning in to God throughout our day.
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