By David Steindl-Rast
SOURCE OF ALL BLESSINGS,
you bless us with warning
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Stephanie's passions include keeping the ancient traditions alive and updating them so that they evolve with us, suiting our current environment and lifestyles.
I must confess that I am an African-American woman, a Christian woman, a woman who believes there is more than one path to God.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know whom you’re praying to, says Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel. The very act of asking for help allows the heart to open and invite the world in.
I wonder how the world would be, how we would live, how children would learn if we intentionally cultivated the spirit of being kind each day. In a world filled with fear and cruelty, we are itching for an outbreak of this characteristic.
My dear Dr. Einstein, We have brought up the question: ‘Do scientists pray?’ in our Sunday school class.
There is no end to realization, kinds and types of awakening, or enlightenment and completeness.
Saying you’re too agitated to meditate or pray is like saying you’re too sick to see a doctor or too tired to take a nap.
Early each morning, often long before dawn, I chant. I chant in Hebrew and Sanskrit. I chant from the morning liturgy of my root tradition, Judaism, and I chant mantra from my adopted traditions, Buddhism and Hinduism.
Let’s start with the definition of prayer, the most classical definition that you learn in Sunday School: “the lifting up of heart and mind to God.”
I’ve always struggled with prayer—the asking kind. It reminds me of Janis Joplin’s satiric song about asking the Lord for a Mercedes-Benz, and it never felt right to me.