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Prayer and Meditation

Praying  

 

 

"The most important way to discipline the mind, and thus connect
  with Truth, is to spend regular time in prayer and meditation."
 
- Rosemary Ellen Guiley
 
"If we all applied ourselves to prayer, we could free ourselves of the ills of humanity."
 
- Ibid.

 

""Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
There is no peace without the grace of God, and there is no grace of God without prayer.."
 
- Mahatma Gandhi

 

Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen.
 
This was the 22 word state-sponsored prayer in New York public schools the Supreme Court struck down
in 1962. This case, Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421, 82 S. Ct. 1261, 8 L. Ed. 2d 601, was the first in a line
of decisions where the Supreme Court found that voluntary prayer was unconstitutional.

 

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My friend Smitty's meal prayer:
 
Thank you Lord for this food.
May it nourish us according to your will,
and Bless the hands that prepared it.
By the Holy Spirit and in Jesus' name, Amen

 

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Dis­turb Us, Lord

Dis­turb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with our­selves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too lit­tle,
When we arrived safe­ly
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
 
Dis­turb us, Lord, when
With the abun­dance of things we pos­sess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Hav­ing fall­en in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eter­ni­ty
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heav­en to dim.
 
Dis­turb us, Lord, to dare more bold­ly,
To ven­ture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mas­tery;
Where los­ing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
 
We ask You to push back
The hori­zons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
 
Attributed to; Sir Francis Drake - 1577

 

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Clarification:

I want to make it clear that my pages aren't here to mock, make fun of, or demean religion, spirituality, or people of faith. Although I am an atheist, I recognize that most religions and sects have organized themselves in an effort to better their lives (and future prsopects!) and our world in general. However, I take a very dim view (and work against) any religion that wants to entangle itself with government or anyone who wants to force their belief system on others. I also cast a wary eye towards proselytizing (including those who tout secular ideals as well!) but recognize shouting out our beliefs is a right, albeit an obnoxious one at times...

Anyway, I'll admit here that I have found comfort, at times, in spiritual practices and religious gatherings - in the same way I find time alone in Nature or a beautiful concert inspiring - a religious or spiritual gathering can be calming and comforting. My experiences in this regard have included numerous (clockwise) prayer walks around Stupas, intense study and lecture sessions with the Seventh Day Adventists, a full weekend of meditation at a Zen center, years of study as a young boy in the Catholic church, praying with Shinto nuns in Japan, and lighting candles and spinning prayer wheels in Tibet.

Again, the idea here being that it is important that we all remain respectful of other people's beliefs and recognize that there is good in everyone. Nevertheless, religions (and seculaists, too...) have done a lot of damage throughout history so it's equally important to remain vigilant and to speak out against the parts of other systems that are damaging, controlling of others, or destructive to our precious little planet and the other life that shares it with us. None of us are here very long so let's do what's right while we can...

- Roger J. Wendell, Golden, Colorado

 

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Links:

  1. Alan Watts
  2. Bible
  3. Buddhist chants and songs
  4. Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center
  5. Cancer
  6. Church of the Flying Spagehtti Monster
  7. Circle Sanctuary
  8. Creation Theories
  9. Death
  10. Deep Ecology
  11. Fundamental Buddhism
  12. KTTG Stupa
  1. Life
  2. Memorials
  3. Prayer
  4. Proselytizing
  5. Religion
  6. Roger's Rules of Order
  7. Spirituality
  8. Sanctuary House Crestone, Colorado
  9. Sarlo's Guru Rating Service
  10. There is No God
  11. Why Won't God Heal Amputees?
  12. Writing by me...

 

 

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