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SVEN though it might seem counterintuitive, a good way to facilitate a healthy detachment from the world is to develop a sense of mystical emotional engagement with a holy environment, along with a sense of gratitude for what God has given you, so as to maintain a constant dynamic awareness of the presence of God. Here are some suggestions.

In the morning, as you wake up, make the Sign of the Cross and give thanks to God for being alive, for breathing, and for praying. As you stand up and walk, give thanks to God for allowing you to move, to stand up, and to walk.

Then let your imagination encompass all that is in your house and give thanks to, and bless, it all. (For example, say softly, or just think the words, “Thank you for being here and for all you do; may our Lord Jesus Christ bless you and protect you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”) If you have house plants or pets, or if other persons live in the house, give them blessings for physical or spiritual growth and for protection from evil.

Whenever you prepare to leave your home, give a blessing to all that is in the house; then go before the Crucifix and place yourself consciously in God’s protection. When you return home, give a greeting and a blessing to all that is in the house; then go before the Crucifix and give thanks for your safe return.

Throughout the day, make the Sign of the Cross while blessing everything you eat or drink, even if you are taking only a sip of water. Be grateful for everything that nourishes you, for without even the most lowly of God’s gifts you would perish.

Also, silently give thanks and a blessing to everything you use during the day. Be aware of what you are using while you are using it and don’t use anything casually; be aware of its place in all that God has provided for you. For example, even as you throw something into the garbage, silently give it a blessing and thank it for the service it has provided. In doing this, you will learn to experience all things around you as dynamic participants in God’s creation, rather than as mere objects to manipulate.

At the end of every day, just before going to bed, give thanks to God for all the help, guidance, and protection you have received during the day. As you lie in bed preparing to sleep, say, over and over until you fall asleep, “Into Your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit” and, when you wake up for short moments during the night, resume saying the prayer until you fall asleep again.


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