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Woah Daniel, you are really stepping your writing up a notch! Wonderfully insightful and practical reflections. It is such a joy to hear how the changes you are making are taking root and growing deeper. I am sure that my husband would have much to add here with regard to Christian meditation - I'll be sure comes across your piece :)

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Thank you so much, Ruth! I've been working hard to improve my writing so your compliment means a lot!! Digital minimalism is becoming a way of life for my family and it feels amazing. I would be so glad to hear from your husband! If he can find the time to read this and give me some feedback. That would be fantastic. Thank you for reading and for your support, Ruth!

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Nov 30, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

I turned my phone off for thanksgiving day for about 10 hours and made a spiritual retreat for myself with prayer and meditation--so this is timely.

First, meditation is a most excellent Christian tradition. Where eastern meditation tends to have the goal of emptying ourself of everything, Christian meditation is about filling ourself with God. There’s books for everything, and the Cloud of Unknowing is an exchange kf letters between a senior monk and Junior monk, with the senior teaching the younger how to meditate. Ive never encountered anything like it and it is HARD. But the little i have attempted, when i did, has had miraculous effect, without exaggeration.

Re my own phone-off-ness, writing this now im thinking i want to try phone off days once a week. It would prove i can do it and i can warn anyone i talk to that i wont be accessible so they wont be alarmed.

I put some controls on my phone to make it more difficukt to be flagrantly addicted but thats an inconvenience more than a remedy. I want to remove the bad amd add the good so ill start thinking about things i want to do instead.

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I think you share a lot of thoughts with Dr. Gregory Bottaro in his book “The Mindful Catholic.” Thank you for encouraging us to meditate in an active present moment awareness with God and to minimize technology.

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Nov 30, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

DANIEL! Brother, this is such a gift--following so closely on Dixie’s recent post about adding before you subtract, too. I’ve been hemming and hawing, trying to decide where to get started with filling time in my day that doesn’t necessarily require childcare or day trips... this practical, convicting, and honestly hilarious (?) introduction to meditation + the promise of more rich guidance to come is so timely.

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Nov 30, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

To be truly effective, when you eliminate something negative in your life, you have to replace it with something positive If not, there will be a vacuum effect and you could either slide back to the old behavior or find youself suddenly engaged in something equally as nagative as the first behavior. Good read, Daniel!

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Dec 1, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

Book recommendation: "The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise," by Robert Cardinal Sarah. Based on what you've been reflecting on would be a nice addition.

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Dec 1, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

This is a great post, and a deep subject—contentious for some, certainly. I have been stewing on a similar topic for almost a year but haven’t yet had a chance to write about it. This gives me some inspiration to put something together. Thank you!

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Dec 3, 2023·edited Dec 3, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

yes.. yes.. yes.. 🔥

what are my contemplative practices? my first is to peel myself from social media, which is why you won’t find me too frequently on Notes.. instead you’ll find me on the hunt for particular friends. :)

but, yes.. there’s a rhythm to this too, in the contemplative traditions.. akin to the Mass.

maybe I need to start getting all this down, it’s how we can live Christ’s Sacrifice, live the Mass. contemplation is key.

Jesus often separated Himself from crowds.. if we don’t pray as He did, if we don’t pray well, we cannot hope to defeat anything & we’ll be overcome. ..and we can’t forget to pray for ourselves & our own interior life!

thank you, Daniel!🔥

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What a thoughtful and impactful piece, Daniel - and I really like the distinction that you make about Christian meditation involving attachment to God.

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Dec 13, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

Excellent post. Quieting my thoughts is the main challenge for me. Walking in the woods my mind feels quietist. Appreciate you.

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