Today’s Examen is on the theme of “Clinging? Avoiding? or Just Right?”
1. I begin in my usual way.
2. I spend a few moments in gratitude, thanking God for one or two of the blessings, big and small, that I’ve received today.
3. Sitting in God’s presence, I look over my past day, searching for any person, place, thing, or activity to which I am clinging too tightly. To whom or what am I too attached? addicted to? too dependent on? I don’t allow myself to be satisfied with the first example I find. I dig deeply and see if I can find two or three answers to this question. When I land on the most important one, I spend time speaking with God about this. I ask God for advice, forgiveness, or healing.
4. With God, I return to my sweep over the day, this time searching for any person, place, thing, or activity I am avoiding. From whom or what am I running? actively ignoring? resisting? pushing out of my life? Again, I work diligently at this search until I have found not one but two or three answers. I then speak with God about the most important one. Again, I ask God for advice, forgiveness, and healing. I listen quietly, waiting for God to respond.
5. With God, I return to my day a third time, this time searching for any person, place, thing, or activity to which my relationship is just right. Which gift of God do I seem to be using just as God would want me to? For example, “My marriage is suddenly going just right these days! Thank you!” Or “I like my job, but today I didn’t let it keep me from coaching my kid’s soccer game. Thanks, Lord.” In other words, what went right today, and what person, place, thing, or activity do I have to thank for it? I give praise to the Creator of all good gifts.
6. Finally, I sweep back over this prayer time. What moment was the most enlightening or moving? I return to that moment and speak with God a second time about it. I dwell on this important point for a while. I now lookto tomorrow. Given what I’ve experienced in this Examen, do I feel called to make any changes in my thoughts, words, or actions? If so, I commit to doing so. I ask God for help to do what I’ve decided to do.
7. I end in my usual way.