Prayer styleThis weekend, a friend and I start teaching a class on prayer at Florissant Presbyterian Church.  In my reading, I came across a chart showing learning styles and corresponding prayer styles.

Take a look and see what types of prayer correspond to your learning style.  You may discover you’ve lucked into what works best for your way of thinking, or you may find something new to try.

Linguistic Learning:  This type of learning is all about the various ways we use language.  You may be a linguistic learner if you have excellent recall, love to debate, write, tell or listen to stories.
Prayer Styles:  Lectio Divina, journaling, spiritual reading, or poetry.

Logical/Mathematical Learning:  If you easily recognize patterns, are good with numbers, like to compare ideas, analyze situations and solve problems, you may be a logical learner.
Prayer Styles:  Bible study, mandalas, labyrinth, or prayer beads.

Bodily-Kinesthetic Learning:  This is all about using your body and includes acting, dance, manipulating objects or athletics (strength, coordination, speed or endurance).
Prayer Styles:  Praying with your body, labyrinth, walking prayer, or prayer beads.

Spatial Learning:  If you are good at seeing the relationships between objects, visualizing things, picking up on patterns, drawing, painting or sculpting, you are probably a spatial learner.
Prayer Style:  Meditating on an icon or sacred image, drawing or painting, mandala.

Musical Learning:  This means that you are good at picking out patterns in sound.
Prayer Styles:  Singing, listening to music or playing an instrument.

Naturalist Learning:  Ability to sort and classify animals and plants.  Naturalist learners tend to be very aware of their environment and care for it deeply.
Prayer Styles:  Being in nature, gardening.

Interpersonal Learning:  Ease in knowing, understanding and interacting with other people which includes reading people’s moods and working with others.
Prayer Style:  Group prayer, corporate worship, spiritual direction, intercessory prayer.

Intrapersonal Learning:  Ability to understand self and our emotions.  Can mean spotting both your strengths and weaknesses and have a deep knowledge of your own boundaries.
Prayer Style:  Contemplative prayer, journaling, examen, spiritual friendship.

Existential Learning:  What does it mean to be human?  Why am I here?  This kind of intelligence is marked by an awareness of things that are bigger than we are.
Prayer Style:  Theological reflection.

Obviously, these types are not mutually exclusive.  I am a logical learner but also touch on spatial and musical learning. Take a look and see if there is a type of prayer you might want to try.  And if you don’t know what something is, just ask and I’ll write a blog post on it.

The information in this post is from the PCUSA Office of Spiritual Formation.

–SueBE

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