Lectio Divina---"Sacred Reading". This is a way of reading scripture, searching for its meaning, and applying it to your life. She uses this same method when reading poetry or other literature---her more liberal interpretation was peeking around the corner when she spoke of this. I have encountered a form of this method when using the BSF method of studying scripture. The one weakness I see in this practice of Lectio Divina according to her instructions is placing too much emphasis on what you are feeling is being said---and not enough on what God is actually saying to you.
THE EXAMEN-is exactly what it sounds like--examining. Two periods of practicing this were discussed.
Morning-When you set your intentions for the day. The 6 "suggestions" for this morning practice of setting your intentions for the day-
1. Be present and enjoy each moment
2. Withhold from judging myself and others
3. Be kind and compassionate to everyone I meet
4. Consciously listen to what others are saying
5. Find the good in any unexpected setback
6. Listen more than I speak
Again, I found this a little strong on the "me" side. My personal morning Examen involves a prayer for God to show me what HE intends for my day. This seems to leave one open to being far more in control than I feel most days, and might lead to a sense of having failed when the day does not work out as you intended.
Evening--When you reflect and review upon the just completed day, remembering the high moments and low points. She informed us the positive psychology research has demonstrated the optimal ratio of positive to negative is 5:1. There you have it friends---your goal to shoot for.
Now in fairness, I think this is an excellent habit to form---when also giving thanks for all God has placed before you in the day. There is not much mention in the class as to how God uses ALL---good and bad for our own good. And to learn to thank Him for the REALLY BAD--because we KNOW He has a perfect plan---can be as difficult as me swallowing a big bite of liver---GAG ME! That's where faith and submission comes to play---swallowing that big bite with thanksgiving and a big gulp.
So I am learning---I am thinking---and will settle on what God directs me toward. The candle and prayer beads she suggested while meditating are not my cup of tea--or better said--not in my spiritual heritage. The thinking--the conscious seeking of God and the meeting the day with the purpose of serving Him---I am on board. Stretching and growing --hearing how others seek God---all part of my own quest for a deeper relationship with Him.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.