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Entries tagged with “Prayers”

4 Moving Meditations to Still Your Mind

When you consider a practice of meditation, you probably envision yourself with eyes closed, sitting cross-legged and immobile. Yet many spiritual exercises use postures and moveme…

5 Ways to Say Grace

Here are a few of the many ways to say grace.

A Centering Prayer

"After experiencing silence and surrender in yoga, I returned to ancient Christian prayer techniques and postures with renewed interest and a willingness to be playful. In the process, I discovered prayer practices that have opened places in my heart to which I didn’t previously have access."

A Heart Exposed

A Heart Exposed: Talking to God with Nothing to Hide (A Book of Prayers)by Steven JamesOne of the most beautiful gifts of Steven James’s book, A Heart Exposed, is that the prayer-p…

A Nun on the Run

Chicago Marathoner Combines Spiritual Life and Running

A Prayer for All Beings

This winter I was in the Bahamas at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram for an interfaith symposium, a very good place to be if you are seeking a break from the cold New England winters! I f…

A Prayer to Comfort Those Passing

In these heartbreaking times, being together during life's passages is often impossible. Rabbi Rami shares a prayer to bring comfort to those who are passing.

Anne Lamott: Life as a Black-Belt Codependent

The best-selling author of Bird by Bird and Operating Instructions reflects on her latest book, Help, Thanks, Wow, and the challenge of accepting love in a culture of arm’s-length perfection.

Balancing Life by the Rule

The point of a rule of life, for communities or individuals, is that life should be lived in balance, with God as the focal point.

Beyond

Buddhist and Christian PrayersTina Turner, Dechen Shak-Dagsay and Regula CurtiThe hauntingly beautiful opening “Alleluia” gives way to a Buddhist chant, then blends the spirit of t…

Breath as Prayer

Many forms of prayer take the same amount of time to complete. The amount of time, it turns out, has powerful physiological benefits.

Breathe, Don’t Plead: An Idea of Prayer

“Prayer, to me, is more about silence than words—or as Jefferies says—it’s about being ‘rapt in the fullness of the moment.’”

Create a Healing Circle

Become an “energetic activist” by joining with others to create a collective healing circle in difficult times.

Creative Spiritual Practices for Your Family this Lent

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Don't Worry, Be Quiet: or, How I Learned that Rest Is a Choice

In a poem called “Lost I,” Gottfried Benn talks of “the world thought to pieces.” I get that. I ruminate and deconstruct until my thoughts contort into what I affectionately term “…

Elizabeth Gilbert on her new novel, "The Signature of All Things"

Charting the border between science and spirituality.What led you to explore the subject of botany? My parents gave me a copy of a book that had belonged to my great…

Exchanging Worry for Wonder

A Catholic priest’s encounter with God through Zen

Free Pray State

Missourians vote tomorrow to save prayer in the public square. A proposed amendment to the state’s constitution would protect a person’s right to pray in public, and would allow st…

Giving Prayers, One by One by One

Somewhere at the bottom of my purse is a small drawstring bag that holds something precious: a number of small pewter hearts. These little charms — part of Mexican folk religion — …

God Always Answers Our Prayers

God always answers our prayers. Sometimes the answer is “no.” You’ve probably heard this said dozens if not hundreds of times. It’s God’s “Get Out of Jail Free” card. In other word…

Gratitude: An Act of Truth Telling

Excerpted from Ambition Addiction: Giving Thanks on the Road to Recovery by Benajmin Shalva

How Do You Pray?

Mariana Caplan is a psychotherapist, yogi, and the author of six books in the fields of psychology and spirituality.

How Much of Aging Is in Your Head?

In 1979 a young Harvard psychology professor named Ellen Langer (soon to be played by Jennifer Aniston in Counter Clockwise) realized something astonishing — and true. “Without kno…

How to Pray without Talking to God

How to Pray without Talking to GodBy Rev. Linda Martella-WhitsettHampton Roads“All reasons for prayer can be distilled down to one,” believes Rev. Martella-Whitsett. “We pray to cl…

In Our Prayers

On a visit with her grandparents, writer Brittany Shoot witnesses the heartfelt beauty of epic, narrative prayer.

Listening in the Labyrinth

Walking a labyrinth can allow entry to the unknown if we are willing to listen.

Make Yourself a “Living Prayer”

Almost three years ago, after seeing The Secret, my friend announced that she was going to meet a man and then marry him within the month. She believed this with every fiber of her…

Making Belief in Mary

We humans come to believe what we practice, so what we choose to practice is critical. Praying the rosary may be the best practice of all.

Making Meaning in Spite of Tragedy

Rabbi Rami Shapiro counsels us to love neighbors and strangers as ourselves.

Marie Howe: Holding the Silence

The acclaimed poet reflects on prayer, desperation, and letting go of what can’t be said.

Notice Prayer When It Happens

In this week’s The Soul of Therapy, psychologist Kevin Anderson, PhD, stresses that prayer is simply recognizing when joy, gratitude, compassion, or awe happen.

Our Community Journal: Do we pray too much?

If he knows our needs before we ask, why then should we ask?

Poem: And That Mysterious Word Holy

“What does that say about holy? / How much power it doesn’t have— / Thou shalt not kill crumpled under our feet.”

Poem: Tattoo

"if you nodded at him, or not, / chattering words to / a patience prayer, over and over."

Prayer is Good Medicine

From the archive: Selected stories from the past 20 years.

The body benefits from spiritual practice.

Praying for Strangers

Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spiritby River JordanIt was New Year’s Eve 2009, and River Jordan’s two sons were being deployed — one to Iraq and one to Afghanist…

Praying to a Loving God Guards Against Anxiety Disorders

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. ~ Mahatma Gandhi What are your deepest beliefs regarding the nature of God? When you pray, do you talk to a loving, p…

Preparing for a Vision Quest

As I sit cross-legged ― or as it is known in yoga, Sukhasana ― I make prayer ties for the vision quest in which I will participate this summer. I will venture into the woods and fi…

Private Prayers: Flannery O'Connor's Faith Journal

Years before her novels and short stories earned her recognition as one of midcentury America’s greatest writers, Flannery O’Connor poured her faith—and doubts—into one slim notebo…

Rabbi Rami: Can God incarnate as both Christ and Krishna?

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Rediscovering the Rosary

Not a rosary person? No matter your beliefs, you may be surprised at the power of this famous tool.

Saying Grace: Mealtime Blessings Around the World

Whether we bow our heads over pasta or pad thai, giving thanks connects us not only with a higher power, but with each other.

Soul Prayers

Prayer is an important spiritual practice.  We don’t always receive what we ask for but I have found that this kind of conversation itself brings great healing. Lately, I have…

Spirituality and Prayer

Spirituality and prayer: What’s the precise connection? “When asked if I pray, I used to say ‘no.’ ... Now when such a question is posed, I ask what the questioner means by prayer before I answer.”

The Comfort of My Prayer Time

I think we are all called to prayer, to talk to our God about what is happening in our lives. When we are worried about life-changing health issues, who better to talk with? If a m…

The Discussion: How Can I Pray Better?

And should better prayer even be a goal?

The Gift of Breath

A dear friend of mine recently succumbed to emphysema. Before he became ill, he’d been a scholar and a poet and a social activist. He’d had a passion for beauty in all its myriad f…

The Power of Interfaith Prayer to Unite Cultures and Religions

What happens when people of different faiths pray together? According to Gandhi, prayer is a ‘longing of the soul.’ And when individual souls come together to pray—even when …

The WTF Prayer

Creating the change you want to see in the world requires first welcoming all of your emotions, even the difficult ones, and then moving forward with clarity.

Transform Your Life One Morning at a Time

Julia Cameron’s classic practice is much more powerful if you choose the right God.

Transform Your Life One Morning at a Time

This now classic practice is much more powerful if you choose the right God

Turning to the Morning: Sunset Rituals

By Lissin Lev ChayaEver since I was little, no matter where I was, I knew when the sun was going down. When I moved to the Pacific Ocean 15 years ago, my awareness became a daily s…

When We Enter Silence: Shanti, Shalom, Salaam, Peace

By Kevin O’Brien When you walk into the chapel at Christ’s Peace House of Prayer in Easton, Kansas, you remove your shoes as you step on holy ground. In its glory, religious symbo…

Who's Afraid of Gods?

Just how scared of Satan do you have to be to flee in the face of a non-Christian prayer? This morning I hosted one of my bi-monthly lunches as Wisdom House at Scarritt-Bennett Ce…

Why I Pray

One of my most precious experiences was finding a list in my dad’s handwriting as I sat in his recliner in my parents’ home. When I asked my mom about it, she told me it was his pr…

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