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A Beautiful Prayer

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O God of Uncreated Light, we come before you now to offer you ourselves. We can only do this through your grace.
Grant us the grace of mindfulness. Help us to be calm, so that we may rest in your silence and peace.
Grant us the grace of willingness. Transform our will into yours, with delight and joy.
Grant us the grace of heartfulness. Unite us with you in the mystery of love, that we may love our neighbors as ourselves.
All this we ask with glad confidence and hope in you, O God, by the power of the Holy Spirit through the humanity of your blessed son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Carl McColman

Winter Feast for the Soul – Day 2

It is day two of the 40-day meditation practice to which I’ve committed, Winter Feast for the Soul.

Today’s scripture was a quote from Psalm 46: 10,

Rustic "Be Still and Know" Sign made from reclaimed wood by MyRepurposedLife on Etsy

Rustic “Be Still and Know” Sign made from reclaimed wood by MyRepurposedLife on Etsy

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Winter Feast for the Soul – An Invitation

Winter Feast is an interfaith initiative designed to foster meditation and contemplative practice. It’s a 40-day Worldwide Spiritual Practice Period. I will be following the Christian meditations led by Carl McColman. Choices also include 4 minute guided meditations for children and 15 minute sessions for older children and teens.

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What this means is that each day, starting January 15, for forty days I will listen to a 40-minute meditation — but thirty of those minutes will be silent. Each day Carl McColman will lead a brief induction to contemplation using a process based on lectio divina (sacred reading). He’ll begin by sharing a verse or short passage from scripture, followed by a brief reflection on the passage, then time for silence in which you may respond to the passage through prayer and contemplation. Then the recording will end with a brief prayer like the Lord’s Prayer, and finally an invitation to perform an act of kindness during the day, as a way of anchoring the spiritual intention of the practice.

Winter Feast 

Winter Feast is based on a lovely haiku-like poem by Rumi:

What nine months does for the embryo
Forty early mornings
Will do for your growing awareness

Good Vibrations

 

shapeimage_1Today I received this wonderful reading from DailyOM. It perfectly explains my new work.

Sound Healing

Everything in the universe is in a constant state of vibration, including our bodies. Sound is vibration that can be translated by the delicate structures of our inner ear, but it moves more than just those tiny receptors. It is part of the spectrum of energy vibrations that affect us on the mental, physical, and spiritual levels. Long ago shamans recognized the power of sound when they first used chants and drumming to heal people. In ancient Egypt, Greece, and India, the use of sound and music for healing was a highly developed sacred science. Sonic vibration has been one way of experiencing the energy of the universe for much of humanity’s history. 

When the vibrations of our physical and spiritual bodies are out of harmony it can cause disease. Sound healing gently massages the molecules back into the right places, clearing blockages and restoring harmony. Ancient healing systems such as Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda associate specific musical notes with subtle-energy systems of the body, such as in yoga where particular notes of music correspond to each of the seven chakras. In Tibet, priests have long used bells and bowls over and around the body to tune and clear the energy centers. Chimes and tuning forks are other tools that have been used to heal not only the body but the energy in a room as well. 

Knowing that sound has the power to heal, we should also try to remember that sounds from modern life can have a negative affect. Choosing silence over discord may help us maintain a state of equilibrium. As we seek soothing and harmonizing sounds to surround us, we may be doing more than creating a balm for the noise of the world. We may actually be performing an act of self-healing that connects us with one of the most basic vibrations of the universe.