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There are a multitude of ways in which one may reflect on human experience in light of the Christian tradition.  Some of the possible methods are listed below.  All are linked to descriptions of the method.  Those named "Theological Reflection" are drawn from Patricia O'Connell Killen and John DeBeer, The Art of Theological Reflection (New York: Crossroad, 1994).

Theological Reflection:
Beginning with the Tradition
 
Lectio Divina
 
Imaginative Contemplation
Theological Reflection:
Beginning with a Life Situation
 
The Collatio


Here are a few additional readings on the practice of reading scripture for spiritual reflection:

McKenna, Megan.  Parables: The Arrows of God.  Maryknoll, New York: Orbis, 1994.
 
Pennington, M. Basil.  Lectio Divina: Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures.  New York: Crossroad, 1998.
 
Peterson, Eugene H.  Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading.  Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 2009.
 
Robertson, Duncan.  Lectio Divina: The Medieval Experience of Reading, Cistercian Studies.  Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgial Press, 2011.
 
Whitehead, James D. and Evelyn Eaton Whitehead.  Method in Ministry: Theological Reflection and Christian Ministry, rev. ed.  New York: Sheed and Ward, 1995.
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