If you pray, to whom do you pray?
Is it “God”? What is your concept for God? Do you have one (or more) that you no longer embrace, have grown out of, or threw away? If this describes you, we have something in common.
Like you, I was left high and dry as I explored new territory and names for the unknown. …
It’s Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Near Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I live, the hummingbirds have returned and green is sprouting all around. The huge native cottonwood trees outside my bedroom window will soon wear a headdress of new growth.
I am so inspired by Nature! So much goes on underground before the green sprouts one day greet us. It’s the rebirth of the Mystery over and over again. We watch with a patient and compassionate eye, for this cycle is internal as well.
It was the little prince in Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s book of that name who first turned me on to seeing with the heart. He said, “Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
I was not surprised to learn later that in the Lakota language cante ista means “the eye of the heart.”
The Oglala Lakota holy man Black Elk said, “We can all see in the day, and this seeing is sacred for it represents the sight of that real…
At the heart of things it makes no difference whether we kneel and make the sign of the cross, prostrate ourselves times a day, light candles, chant mantras, sit cross-legged and meditate, or commune with nature.
The essence of the inquiry, “How do you pray?,” is not dependent on culture, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. How you dance in ecstasy, bow in gratitude, and cry out for guidance are personal expressions of your soul.
As people are cracking under pressure, it’s time to build bridges and bless each other, soul to soul. How do we connect with the larger…
As technology advances, so do our tasks. We are able to explore on the internet and chat with people all over the world. But sometimes it feels like we are the tools of technology instead of the other way around.
Are you able to unplug and give yourself a rest from your devices? As we have more interactions and communications, we are becoming more and more dependent on our phones and computers. It does take courage to have a time out — time for sanctuary, self-care, meditation, contemplation, prayer, and retreat.
I heard about an institution somewhere in Asia where…
At this time of great transition, I believe we are in a collective grieving. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a pioneer in analyzing the process of dying and grief, has articulated for us five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. They are not always linear and in order and there’s no knowing how long they will last. So if you are feeling any of these, you are not alone.
We are in this together and sharing the experience. …
Minister of Walking Prayer, workshop facilitator, healing arts practitioner, creator of the anthology How Do You Pray?