“…St. Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus or Jesuits, proposed a daily exercise, which he called the Examen of Consciousness—a simple exercise in discernment. Rather than focusing on what went right or wrong, how you failed or succeeded throughout the day, this exercise encourages you to reflect on moments in the day when you were aware of God—when you were present to Presence—and those times when you were forgetful or distracted.
Center yourself in silence and an awareness of God’s presence. Recall the day with an open spirit. Notice the emotions, sensations, and thoughts that arise as you review the day’s events. Let your attention settle on one of these instances and look for God’s presence within it, whether you were aware at the time or not. Pray from this memory and within this present moment. Release the day with gratitude and rest in God’s grace…”
~ Richard Rohr.
The Examen is a wonderful way of developing awareness; of attuning ones self to God’s activity in the ordinary and the everyday. Its also a wonderful way of developing gratitude.
Learn more about Examen of Consciousness at Ignatian Spirituality.