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i’ve got a little secret. or, it’s not so much that i have this secret that no one else has. it’s more like i have discovered something – but not for the first time. i am rediscovering it. or rediscovering it on a deeper level. that’s more what it is.

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you see, i just completed a 21 day meditation series. and by completed, i mean, i did every single day. no joke. i did not skip one day. i just committed and followed through. 21 days in a row.

and it was amazing.

the series was about happiness, our search for it and how we find it. i thought that it might be a bit cheesy, or i wondered how it would be possible to meditate on happiness for 3 weeks. but, i was so wrong. you see, the focus was not at all on happiness in the sense of…

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Specific Prayers, General Prayers and Faith

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Selling papyrus is important but stopping for prayer is more important (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m on e-mail prayer lists for a few organizations.  It’s interesting how many different ways people approach it.  From just asking you to pray for someone to long lists of specific things they want you to pray for regarding that person.  From not too much info about the intended prayer recipient to lots of details.

For every request I see I send long distance Reiki and say a silent prayer that the energy should serve the highest good of all concerned.  And then I assume the Universe knows better than I do how best to use the energy.  I always feel awkward about the ones that are very specific in their requests, from asking for a particular outcome to a surgery or illness to prayers for certain behaviors from the doctors and/or nurses to how the loved ones will feel.

I know one theory about prayers and affirmations is that you need to be very specific.  Sometimes I’ve used that theory and written a really specific affirmation.  But mostly I’ve come to feel that my personality level self isn’t nearly as wise about the big picture and what’s best as the Divine is, so I like to pray or affirm kind of generally and leave it to a higher power to determine the specifics.

Particularly when it comes to the illnesses of people I don’t know it feels odd to me to assume that I know what outcome will serve the highest good of all.  In that situation I have a lot of faith the Universe will use the energy I offer to serve the recipient well.

I also don’t especially feel that I need specifics — in my prayer I usually name the one who sent the prayer request as friend or aunt or whatever of  “Ann Marie” (whoever the recipient is) and assume the Universe knows where it needs to go.  I’ve seen other people ask for more information in order to better focus their prayers.

Ultimately, I don’t think there’s any right or wrong — if the intent is good and the prayers are being offered, I think the Universe knows how to use it.  But it makes me curious to hear what you think about prayers and specificity?  How does faith enter into that equation for you?

Collective Prayer Sundays:  In case you’re new, we’re finding 10 minutes at a minimum to pray or chant or meditate (or???) for peace every Sunday.  Details are on the CPS page.  For comments:  you can comment here or on that page or you can go to the Facebook page.

 

Forgiveness Project update

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Microsoft clipart MP900399589

I haven’t forgotten my forgiveness project but I’m just now starting to feel that I’ve integrated the first round.  Sometime in the next few days I plan to do the next person on my list.  As before, 1-3 days of lovingkindness chant and, when that feels complete, I’ll do the forgiveness ceremony I created.

And, I’m delighted to announce that Louise from Dare Boldly is going to write a post about forgiveness sometime next week, so check — I can already tell you you’ll love whatever she writes!

The Healing Of Pain: Finding the End to Suffering

yogaleigh:

Another post from Nadine that could be in my Round of Forgiveness project!

Originally posted on Aligning With Truth:

The goal is not to get rid of the pain. The goal is to enter it. Go through the pain. Feel it and feel through the pain. The way out of the pain is to gothrough it.

Pain is part of life. It comes with the human journey. We cannot avoid pain. In fact, it is to our best interest that we do not. When we avoid entering the pain, the deeper the pain becomes.

Experiencing pain is a very normal and natural part of the human journey. When we numb ourselves, when we numb our pain, when we deny ourselves of the experience of pain, when we turn to food, alcohol, drugs, shopping, superficial affirmations and positive thinking and other similar New Age/spiritual jargon to avoid our pain, it only leads to dissociation. The various aspects of our selves end up more fragmented.

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Happy Birthday Little Dinosaur

yogaleigh:

Happy Birthday, Rara….

Originally posted on Stories that Must Not Die:

We are patiently waiting for you to come out of your cave. While we wait we’ve decided to celebrate your birthday with some Stories about you that will live on forever.


One day, a dinosaur appeared in my fishbowl. She was wildly drawn and breathing fire, but I wasn’t afraid. She dropped an insightful comment and left. I poked my head into her domain and found a wondrous world full of creative and awesome things. I followed her immediately.

A few months after we met, she asked me to guest post on her blog. It was my first guest post. I was nervous as hell, even though, at that point, I didn’t realize what a blogging celebrity she was. I posted what, in all honestly, is one of my most half-assed posts since I had the flu at the time, but her audience was kind, just like Rara.

For the…

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The union of meditative prayer and active prayer

Originally posted on Healing Science Today:

Meditative prayer involves thoughtfulness, introspection, and reflection; usually a lot of sitting around.

Active prayer involves action. Looking, feeding, cleaning, traveling, knocking, etc.

Marrying the two allows us to better experience what Christ Jesus talked about in his Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 5-7

Both prayer types must be treated equal.

If meditative prayer dominates the consciousness, harmony and expression shrivel. If active prayer rules the roost, substantial mindfulness wavers and weakens.

In reviewing Christ Jesus Sermon on the Mount, we find concerted effort given to meditative and active prayers.

Jesus began his sermon with what we know as the “Beatitudes,” mini-proverbs packed with blessing and meaning; each deserving of thorough study.

Then he said, “You are the salt of the earth,” coaxing the mind to move.

We are warned to guard against insincere prayers that make us look pious or busy.

helping handsChrist Jesus flops back and forth between meditative…

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Chant, Pray, Be Peace

Collective Prayer Sundays:  In case you’re new, we’re finding 10 minutes at a minimum to pray or chant or meditate (or???) for peace every Sunday.  Details are on the CPS page.  For comments:  you can comment here or on that page or you can go to the Facebook page.