Vision behind the Site: Visio Divina

Jan 14, 2022

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Visio Divina

My vision for the site was to incorporate abstract images for spiritual reflection and prayer, a form of Visio divina if you will.

“Vision divina” translates to “divine seeing.” Built loosely on the ancient practice of Lectio divina, which invites a slow, meditative interaction with scripture, Visio divina invites you to “see with the eyes of the heart” and encounter God through prayerful reflection on an image. 

You can practice Visio divina individually, with a group, or with a spiritual director.

Now, let’s give it a try.

Practicing Visio Divina

  1. Choose an image upon which to focus. A photograph, a piece of art, or an object or icon all work well.
  2. Sit in a comfortable position and quiet your mind. It may be helpful to take a few deep breaths. Inhale to the count to 4, hold for 2, and exhale to the count to 4. Do this three to five times.
  3. As you gaze at the image or object, where do your eyes rest? Try to keep your eyes from wandering as you take in what you are seeing. After a minute or two, visually step back and view the image in its entirety.
  4. Consider these questions as you reflect on the image. You may find it helpful to journal your responses.
      • What aspect of God’s character or scripture comes to mind?
      • What emotions and feelings does the picture evoke?
      • Does the image bring to mind a memory or a snapshot from your life, past or present? What is its significance?
      • What prayers naturally surface as you reflect on your experience.
      • Now, offer these prayers to God. Close with a moment of silence, followed by thanksgiving.
    • What was the experience like for you? Share your images and experience in the comment section of the post so we can all benefit from your experience.