This is a devotional variant to the exercises
on body sensations that you will find helpful if you have reservations about calling the
body sensation exercises true prayer or contemplation. Repeat one of the body sensation
exercises. Take some time to experience as many and as subtle sensations as you can in
various parts of your body......
Now make the REFLECTION: Every sensation I feel, no matter how light and subtle is the
result of a bio-chemical reaction that could not exist except for Gods Almighty
Power.... FEEL Gods power at work in the production of every single sensation....
Feel HIM touching you in each of those sensations that HE is producing.... Feel the touch
of God in different parts of your body: rough, smooth, pleasurable, painful....
The experience of God need not be something sensational or out of the ordinary, unless
your devotion and Divine Love is developed. There is, no doubt, an experience of God that
is different from the ordinary run of experiences that we are accustomed to: there is the deep
silence that I spoke of earlier, the glowing darkness, the emptiness that brings
There are sudden, unaccountable flashes of Eternity or of the infinite that
comes to us when we least expect them, in the midst of our work. One needs to do so
little, really, to experience God. All one needs to do is quieten
oneself, become still and become aware of the feel of your hand. Beware of
the sensations in your hand.... There you have God, living and working in you, touching
you, intensely near you.... Feel HIM.... Experience HIM. Most of the devotees look upon an
experience like this as far too pedestrian. Surely there is more to the experience of God
than just the simple feel of the sensations of ones right hand. This needs a long
explanation to know the reality Yet, you are assured that these simple and humble
exercises shall help you a lot to march towards that reality.
We forget all too easily that one of the big lessons of incarnations is that God is found
in the ordinary also. Do you wish to see God? Look at the fact next to you. You want to
hear him? Listen to the cry of a baby, the loud laughter of a simple party, the wind
rustling in the trees. Or just quieten yourself, become aware of the sensations in your
body, sense HIS ALMIGHTY POWER at work in you and feel how near He is to you.