Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

I have no idea where I am going

February 16, 2011
winding road

winding road

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going,
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

From Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton. Posted by Paulo Coelho on his blog.

I have always been impressed by Thomas Merton, although I have never read any of his works. I find him quoted by other people. I always think of Thomas Merton as a deep ecologist, more Zen Buddhist than Christian monk.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) Anglo-American Catholic writer, Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, poet, social activist and student of comparative religion.

For my lovely friend Sian.

The Task

November 7, 2010
Sisyphus by von Stuck

Sisyphus by von Stuck

A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light. An angel appeared, showed a large rock in front of his cabin and asked him to push against the rock with all his might.

This the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock.

Nothing happened. And he decided to make it a matter of prayer.

“Lord I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even been able to budge that rock. What is wrong? Why am I failing?”

The angel appeared again :

“My friend, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all your strength. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. And now you come to me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so?”

“Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewy and brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and hard.

“Through opposition you have grown much and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have.
“You learned the importance of discipline and training,

” This you have done. Now it is my turn, my task.”

And the angel moved the rock, showing to the man a beautiful path ahead.

Posted by Paulo Coelho on his blog.

Also see

Angels

Gaia’s Prayer

October 25, 2010

Because we don’t think about future generations they will never forget us. — Henrik Tikkanen

Music Gaia’s Lament by Isabella Rajotte.

Also see

Christian Theology and Gaia

Paulo Coelho hits 3,000,000 friends on Facebook

October 20, 2010
___________11:01 PM 19 October 2010 (Madrid Time Zone)___________

___________11:01 PM 19 October 2010 (Madrid Time Zone)___________

When I posted this reprint from an article by Paulo Coelho on his blog, the figure stood at 3,015,448. — Keith

First of all, thank you very much for your strong support here. I am glad that the social communities (Twitter, this blog and Facebook) have allowed me to have a direct contact with you. Writing used to be a solitary work, but now we can communicate directly to each other.

Reaching a mark (in this case, 3.000.000) it is also a reason to celebrate (we did that for 1 million and 2 million). In our case, true warriors of the light, celebration implies in thinking about the current state of the world.
Therefore, I invite you to say a silent prayer this Thursday, 21th of October 2010, at 6:00 PM (your local time). As there are friends from different time zones, at each hour a group will be praying, and this energy of love will spread all over during 24 hr.

I will divide my prayer in three stages:
a] I will pray for myself. I will pray that God continues to protect and inspire me, to keep me on the right track, and to do my best in every action I take.
b] I will pray for my friends on Twitter, Facebook, blog, and my personal friends. Asking God to protect them, and to show them the path to fulfill their dreams.
c] I will pray for the world.
This is my prayer. You may choose whether to follow the same steps or to do something else. But bless, and you will be blessed.

Many of my friends (either in social communities or people that I meet on a regular basis) don’t believe in God. Nevertheless, they are great, committed, and enthusiastic. If you fit this category, and you would like to celebrate our 3.000.000 community, please do some random act of kindness this Thursday. There are always people around us who need a world of encouragement, a phone call, or even a small contribution of money. If you feel comfortable, do it.

Thank you again, all my love
Paulo

Also see

prayer and meditation cards

prayer and meditation cards

August 20, 2010
seeking silence

seeking silence

celtic prayer

celtic prayer

the examen

the examen

labyrinth

labyrinth

prayers of blessing

prayers of blessing

prayer beads

prayer beads

tourists to pilgrims

tourists to pilgrims

forgiveness

forgiveness

the jesus prayer

the jesus prayer

A collection of prayer and meditation cards from dekhomai, several of which I picked up from Eden People at the Ambient Picnic this summer.

forgiveness

August 20, 2010
forgiveness

forgiveness

Many of us at some point in our lives feel the need to be forgiven and to forgive ourselves. Yet it is easy to feel trapped, unable to get past mistakes we have made and the scars they leave with us and others.

At the heart of the Christian tradition is forgiveness

– forgiveness from God and God’s help in allowing us to forgive ourselves and to change.

This exercise uses our breathing to help us to accept God’s forgiveness and to forgive ourselves.

Breathing exercise

Find a quiet place where you can sit and relax.
Take a moment to quiet yourself and to breathe
deeply. You may find it helpful to light a candle
to remind you of the presence of God.

Begin to take notice of your breathing

– as you breathe in and as you breathe out.

Focus on the issue which you feel is burdening you. And then as you slowly breathe in and out pray these prayers. Think of the burden when you breathe out and God’s forgiveness and acceptance of you when you breathe in.

Breathe in love — Breathe out hate

Breathe in acceptance — Breathe out separation

Breathe in forgiveness — Breathe out blame

Breathe in peace — Breathe out anxiety

Breathe in life — Breathe out death

Breathe in gentleness — Breathe out tension

Breathe in God’s presence — Breathe in God’s acceptance and forgiveness

— dekhomai

For my lovely friend Sian whose forgiveness I seek.

Also see

Why Forgive?

What’s So Amazing About Grace?

The Jesus Prayer

August 20, 2010
the jesus prayer

the jesus prayer

Breath is a centring place of many spiritualities. It is central to all life and central to our spiritual life. The Jewish and Christian scriptures use the same words for the breath of life as for the creative Spirit of God. So as we breathe we inhale the rhythm of life, the Spirit of life and are part of the breath of creation.

The Jesus Prayer works with this rhythm and invites Jesus life into us to give blessing, mercy, new life, the divine breath in our breath. It also acknowledges our fragility and weakness, our need for transformation, wholeness, forgiveness and liberation.

There are four lines. Each line works with a breath in, or a breath out. We may begin this saying the words in our head or out loud, but in the end the intention is for the breath to sound the words, for it to be silent, yet held in our own breathing. The ancient Mystics so attuned the rhythm in their hearts that the very act of breathing became the dwelling within the prayer.

Say the first line as you breathe in, do it slowly and gently. The second as you breathe out in the same way. And in time the breaths become the prayers which no longer need speaking –

Jesus Christ
Son of God
Have Mercy
Upon Me

And so the flow of life flows with our life. The blessing of God at one with our need to be people of life, flowing with the breath of creation, life givers as we are receivers of life.

— dekhomai

Tourists to Pilgrims

July 7, 2010
tourists to pilgrims

tourists to pilgrims

If you are searching for something more than temporary spiritual relief, then Christian spirituality is a source for a deeper life. We are all seeking depth, meaning and fellow travellers to share the journey with. Our highly consumptive, technological culture has produced a generation of spiritual tourists who pursue a deep place of rest, but have no perceivable destination. Buying a new car, clothes or gym membership gives temporary relief but doesn’t bring lasting rest or centeredness. Even with our relative wealth, we still have a deep inner poverty.

The ancient narratives of Christian spirituality offer renewed, contemporary wisdom into this context. Exploring and embodying the teachings of Jesus through prayer, contemplation, and the practise of community, helps us become more truly human.

Life is a journey of ‘human becoming’, within which we shift from being lonely tourists to fellow pilgrims whose destination is God in whom we find rest.

Encouragement

Wisdom sayings from Jesus:

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Prayer for the Journey
Christ be before me,
Christ be beside me,
Christ be all around.
May the peace of Christ go with me, wherever God may send me.
May God guide me through the wilderness, protect me through the storm.
May God bring me home rejoicing at the wonders God has shown me.
May God bring me home rejoicing once again into our doors.
Amen

— dekhomai

Also see

The History of the Pilgrimage to Compostela

Prayer beads

July 6, 2010
prayer beads

prayer beads

Using a cord with beads or knots as an aid to prayer is something practised in many spiritual traditions including Christian, Jewish, and Islamic. Having something tactile helps give a rhythm and focus to prayer.

Take the cord in one hand.
Hold a bead between the thumb and index finger.
Pray a prayer.
Pause.
Then push the bead on and take the next one.
Repeat for one cycle or as many as you like.

The dekhomai prayer cord has five beads with different colours. These colours represent the following:

Yellow – thanks
Red – mercy
Blue – peace
Green – healing
Purple – justice

You could pray with your own words and thoughts or try these simple prayers:

Yellow – Thanks for life
Red – Have mercy on me
Blue – Peace on earth as it is in heaven
Green – You are the Healer, come and heal … in Jesus’ name
Purple – May your justice roll down like a river
Amen

— dekhomai

Also see

Pilgrimage to Aylesford Priory with the Knights of St Columba

A cross of olive wood

Prayers of Blessing

July 5, 2010
blessing

blessing

Prayers seeking blessing from the Divine have been part of Christian spirituality for over two thousand years. These texts when said as prayers seek to invoke God’s mystical presence in our lives. However God does not promise that the journey will be easy – but does say that we won’t be overcome.

Morning Blessing

As the sun rises O God
Let your face shine upon me.
At the falling of fresh rain
Let your love drench me with peace
On the eating of food at breakfast
Let your Spirit nourish me in your love
On entering your world of possibilities
Walk with me, beside me and before me
Be present with me and bless me today
AMEN

Night Blessing

I give thanks to you God for the events of my day
The things that built me up, and the things that challenged me
I pray for those who I met who were sad
or facing tough times
For those who were lonely or isolated
Be present to them, and bring them peace.
And the blessing of God give me a peaceful night
And refreshment for tomorrow
AMEN

Blessing for the future

Mysterious God of life
Guide me through the uncertainty that life brings
Hold me back from rushing into things without thinking – which will be bad for me
And push me when I hesitate to engage in things – which will be good for me
Guide me in wisdom and considerations for others as well as myself
Show me the steps of growth and health and hold me close to you.
Creator bless me in the human search for fulfilment
Redeemer bless me in the human desire to be loved and accepted
Spirit bless me in the human desire to find deep peace and contentment.
AMEN

– dekhomai

For Jane who wanted candles!


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