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HERE BEGINNETH THE FIVE AND THIRTIETH CHAPTER

Of three means in the which a contemplative Prentice should be occupied, in reading, thinking, and praying.
Cloud of Unknowing - Christian Classics Ethereal Library



I have used lecta divina (reading, meditation, prayer, and contemplation), i think to good effect. I think my behavior, my attitude, and my sense of well being often improve in a forty minute session  at least  half of which  time is taken up by contemplation.  I have done this (not nearly often enough) alone or in a small group with equal effect.  When alone, i often use texts other than the Bible; usually the Tao Te Ching or the Dhammapada.  Of course poetry from many traditions can be most inspiring, so far the Sufis have been my favorites.  I may branch out to the Abi Granth, the Vedas, and  the Psalms, all great sources of wisdom, or so  it seems to me.  Meditation is most difficult for me since it is supposed to be a spiritual activity and not a criticism  of the text or its ideas.  In honesty, i have to call what i do "commendation" (commentary plus meditation).  Pure meditation would be better for my "orison" and "contemplatio"

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