Means of Grace: Prayer of the Heart Guided Meditation
Prayer of the Heart Guided Meditation - Episode No. 17
Dr. Melanie Dobson leads a guided practice of the Prayer of the Heart. This prayer is inspired by the contemplative prayer of the desert mothers and fathers. In Greek, it was called heschyia and focuses on the heart as more than just an organ, but rather as the seat of God’s dwelling place within us. Modern mystics such as Teilhard de Chardin and Cynthia Bourgeault have reclaimed the importance of heart-centered prayer.
Show Notes - Episode 17
Melanie is an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference and an associate professor of Methodist Studies at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. She is also a registered yoga teacher, teaching yoga at churches, in retreat settings, and for cancer survivors. She enjoys hiking, cycling, cooking, and being outdoors. She is a single mom to one son, Elijah, who is in 5th grade.
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