Inspiration for Your Day

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WELCOME! I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing daily inspiration, quotes and religious resources. Faith and religion are precious gifts that bless.
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Psalm 23 for Busy People

The Lord is my pace-setter, I shall not rush;
he makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals,
he provides me with images of stillness,
which restore my serenity.
He leads me in the way of efficiency,
through calmness of mind,
and his guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things
to accomplish each day,
I will not fret, for his presence is here.
His timelessness, his all-importance
will keep me in balance.

He prepares refreshment and renewal
in the midst of activity,
by anointing my mind with his oils of tranquility
my cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be
the fruits of my hours
and I shall walk in the pace of my Lord,
and dwell in his house for ever.

Toki Miyashina
From "Bless The Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998

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This version of the Lord's Prayer, aka the Our Father,
is from the Rheims New Testament of 1582.
The spellings are correct.
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Father, sanctified be thy name. Thy kingdom come.
Our daily bread giue vs this day, and forgiue vs our
sinnes, for because our selues also doe forgiue euery
one that is in debt to vs. And lead vs not into temptation.

Source: The Catholic Source Book
Harcourt Publishers, 2007

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This time the Our Father is integrated with a
series of asanas (postures) from Hatha Yoga.
These are referred to as the "Salute to the
Sun." If this integration of movement with
prayer seems unusual to you, consider the
dances of Native American religions, and also
the Whirling Dervishes of the Sufi religion.
Even simple processions, as well as standing
and kneeling fall under the realm of "moving prayer." The following excerpt take you about
half way through the prayer. The entire set of movements is a little long to share here...
but the book is listed if you're interested
in the rest...

Remember that as with all new movement,
try these postures carefully and gently...
it's prayer, not aerobics! --Lisa

SALUTE TO THE SUN:
Stand up straight, feet together, knees straight but
not locked. Now allow your arms to move out and
upwards to the sides as you inhale. Join the palms over
your head and bring the hands down in front of your face
in a prayer position as you exhale.

OUR FATHER
Inhaling reach the hands up and over your head again.
Bend just slightly backwards.
Look upwards toward your hands. Do not overdo...

WHO ART IN HEAVEN
Then return to upright with hands stretching upward.
As you exhale begin to bend forward.
Stretch out with the arms as you bend downwards.
Keep going until your hands touch the ground in front
of your legs (or stretch as far as you can.)

HALLOWED BE THY NAME
Inhaling stretch your left leg backwards so that
the toes and knee rest on the floor.
At the same time raise your head and feel the stretch
all along the back and the leg.

THY KINGDOM COME
Exhaling
move your right leg back so that it joins the
left, at the same time life your left knee off the floor.
Push up so you are in a triangle position with your
buttocks at the apex.

THY WILL BE DONE
Inhaling now drop the knees,
ON EARTH
chin,

AS IT IS
and chest
IN HEAVEN
to the floor in that order...
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You can find the rest in "Prayer"
by Richard W. Chilson
Sorin Books, 2006


 

And now the Last Word:

How can we pray to Him without being
with Him? How can we be with Him but
in thinking of Him often? And how can
we often think of HIm but by a holy habit
which we should form of it?

Brother Lawrence (c. 1605-1691)
French Carmelite lay monk; he
was a worker in the kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Quote:
God is so ominpresent...
God is an angel in an angel,
and a stone in a stone,
and a straw in a straw.

John Donne


 



 

 

 

 
 

Did you miss
a page
and want to
catch up?


On Today's Site:

-For Busy
People

(Miyashina)


-The Lord's
Prayer,
1582

(Rheims)


-The Our
Father &
Yoga

(Chilson)


And the
Last Word:

Brother
Lawrence

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