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  • Anonymous

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    October 6, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Ellie, I appreciate your vulnerability. I’m so sorry. Your abuse is important to consider when considering contemplative prayer. I’d probably name what you’re describing as trauma, and I’m more cautious and more vigilant inviting folks who’ve experienced trauma into extended silence because of how loud those voices can be. It doesn’t surprise me to hear of your experience. And while I think contemplation (like other meditative practices) can help us move from anxiety to peace/healing, I’d probably encourage you to find other practices until you can process this with a good trauma informed spiritual director or spiritually-oriented therapist. Sometimes it takes listening to and working with those inner voices first. All that said, though, I am so grateful you offered such an honest response here. -Chuck