prayer is often confined...
...to a sort of wish list to a “Santa Claus Jesus.” But truer, more-holy, prayer is so much more wholly–involving of our complete lives. Some folks have found ways of prayer through mindfulness to breath, in how they move and dance, with affirmative efforts of justice and compassion, in service to the more-than-human world, and even in how they respond to drivers who cut them off in rush-hour traffic and colleagues who treat them without respect in business dealings.
Some describe prayer as a dance with the divine. It is an intimate practice of relationship wherein we graciously, mindfully, humbly seek more to follow God’s lead than be the leader. So might prayer be compared to a conversation between human and divine hearts, wherein we who are human are more inclined to listen for God, rather than always only concerned with telling God what is on our mind.
Another metaphor for prayer has also been described as a walk in the park for the Lover and the beloved; sometimes the best part is when there is nothing left to say and the two simply enjoy being in each other’s presence, silently, devotedly, with a joy that soars in on the wings of commitment and companionship.
You are invited to follow the links on the upper left side of this page to discover a few fresh possibilities for prayer that others have found enriching.
approaching prayer (sof - npr)
breathing: a way to pray without ceasing
cave-digger: manual labor as prayer form
circles in the sand -- ephemeral beach labyrinths
compilation of various prayers
contemplative mind - centering prayer
contemplative mind - jesus prayer
contemplative prayer (@ explorefaith.org)
contemplative prayer for everyone
daily bearings (bubble prayers)
definition: one simple powerful one
spiritual discipline of prayer
eco-divina: praying with nature
franciscan blessing (a non-traditional prayer)
gravity glue: a contemplative practice in nature
growing still prayer -- Br. D S-R
labyrinth prayer worship: listening for spirit
lectio divina practice (oboedire)
light a candle - sacred action
listening generously -- dr. rachel naomi remen (sof)
... prayer for a mobile lifestyle
oboedire: a site for attentive spiritual formation
prayer at listening (j.s.harper)
prayer following a national insurrection
prayer for when it all finally goes right
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quiet garden ministry practice
silence is G_d's first language
talking our prayers; desert wisdom
thomas keating related:
unceasing prayer: desert wisdom
non-english prayer site: