The MIND BELL is an App available from the Google Play Store or from Apple, if you have an iPhone. It’s a Free download and it works very well. As a Lenten Practice, you can set it to Gong every hour on the Hour for 7 consecutive hours, to correspond with the Monastic Practice of Praying the Divine Office 7 times a day (Ps 119:164). There is an additional setting to sound a second Bell at the end of 30 seconds. So, when the first Gong sounds, one is signaled to stop whatever one is doing and Remember the Presence of God within. Then, one is to Meditate on that Presence for 30 seconds until the 2nd sound, the Bell, rings at which time you resume whatever you were doing. I like to think of this Practice as A Call to the Center. There are additional settings to either shorten or lengthen the period of time you will stop your activity to Meditate, also.
Why is this such a worthwhile practice? It is a training in Attention, for one thing. An act of Obedience for another. As a Monastic Practice, a monk must be willing to stop immediately whatever he is doing when he hears the Bell that calls him to Prayer. It reminds him that his life IS Prayer, and his Service is to God. All other occupations must ever come second to that single-minded focus. And so, it is also a Discipline which challenges one to put their own activities aside for the moment and follow the Lord’s more immediate Call. ( Of course, to do so, one needs to be in a situation and environment that makes it possible. I wouldn’t undertake this Practice while at Work or driving. )
This simple offering of one’s time and attention is easily practiced by people such as ourselves who have certain physical and health challenges that might prevent us from observing more strenuous Lenten Practices. I know for me, personally, Fasting is no longer an option. My health would be seriously jeopardized by such a Discipline. So, this Practice of the Bell works well to remind me of what really matters during Lent. I hope that you find something of value for yourselves, as well. God’s Peace!
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I woud love to have this since my hermit’s life is so regulated by different tasks … unfortunately I dont have an iPhone (nor do I want one, for that matter).
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Don’t blame you for not wanting an iPhone. I only got one so that I could remain in touch with our Church Rector when we were planning the Ministry Schedules for the coming month. Made it easier than keeping a laptop on all the time and having to sit too long to use it. I can only sit about 20 mins without pain. With the Phone, I can plan from bed if I have to! The real discipline part comes in when everyone I know wants me to get this and that App which I know I don’t want or need. I do like the Weather App, though. Have no idea why!
🙂 <——- a smile for You!
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