On a regular basis, I can often run into the sense that my days are blurring together or that I feel that I’ve had little chance to process what has gone on around me. I came across a simplified version of this spiritual practice while working as a counselor at a summer church camp in North Carolina. I found that the Examen helped me to intentionally process not only what had gone on in my day, but also to reflect on my relationships and see where God was at work throughout my day. This practice helped guide me to notice patterns in my day and relationships as well as set in my mind an intention for the next day. Over the next few weeks, I invite you to explore with me this spiritual exercise that comes from Ignatius of Loyola. We’ll not only look into where the practice came from, but how breathed new life into this exercise for today. Keep an eye out for videos, Facebook posts, Instagram invitations, as well as an Examen 30 day challenge. I hope to hear from you as well. Share your thoughts and observations as we explore together and let me know what you notice along this journey.
In the video, I mention the steps of the Examen. Those can be found, along with more information, at this website.
Where did it come from?
The earliest forms of the Examen are based off of the practice outlined in Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). The work was written during a year in Ignatius was healing from war t