Prayer/Paying Attention

September 8th, 2017

Group Reading

“”Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.” ~ Victor Hugo

One – Everybody prays whether you think of it as praying or not.

All – The odd silence you fall into when something very beautiful is happening

One – The ah-h-h-h! that sometimes floats up out of you as out of a Fourth of July crowd when the sky-rocket bursts

over the water.

All – The stammer of pain at somebody else’s pain.

One – The stammer of joy at somebody else’s joy.

All – Whatever words or sounds you use for sighing with over your own life.

One- These are all prayers in their way. These are all spoken not just to yourself but to something even more familiar

than yourself and even more strange than the world. ~ Frederick Buechner

Quotes & Readings

“Prayer takes you into another kind of space. It takes you into that oblique interim place where the connections between things are born and where there is secretness together, where secret togetherness becomes active. Therefore, prayer is not about anything specific. Meister Eckhart said there is a place in the soul that neither time nor space nor no created thing can touch. The intentionality of prayer is to take us as frequently as possible into that serenity and tranquility and purity of space where we can heal and renew. The insight of prayer means that you are not identical to your biography, you are not just a psychological matrix. There is a place in you which is beyond psychology, and that is the eternal place within you. The more we visit there, the more we are touched and fused with the limitless kindness and affection of the divine. The ultimate goal of prayer is to learn to behold yourself with the same gentleness, pride, expectation, and compassion with which the divine presence beholds you at every moment. If we can inhabit that reflex of divine presence, then compassion will flow naturally from us.” ~ John O’Donohue

“I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?” ~ The Summer Day, Mary Oliver Tell me, what is it you plan to do

Seed of Mindfulness

Say Together:

May the light of your soul guide you
May the light of your soul bless the work you do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your soul calm, console and renew you. – John O’Donohue

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