Monday, August 1, 2016

Brain Repetition not Vain Repetition

Memorized prayers allow you to keep up your end of the conversation with God when you don't know what to say, or perhaps aren't even sure what you believe anymore.

Focusing on your breath for about twenty minutes a day provides the proven medical benefits of meditation. Coordinating your inhalations and exhalations with the phrases of these prayers brings that focus to these time-honored words as you say them slowly,  thinking about they mean, phrase by phrase.  With each repetition, your thoughts on the meaning deepen, as you ask  what they might mean for you, what they might promise you and require from you, this day. 

This month, I've been noticing how  The Our Father and The Shepherd's Psalm mesh together. 

Our Father who art in heaven          The LORD
Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,        
Thy will be done            is my shepherd:
On earth 
as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day        I shall not want. He maketh me
our daily bread                                                    to lie down in green pastures:
                                                           he leadeth me beside the still waters.

And forgive us our sins         He restoreth my soul:
as we forgive those                               he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness 
who sin against us.                  for his name's sake.

And lead us not         Yea, though I walk through 
into temptation              the valley of the shadow of death,          
but deliver us from evil.   I will fear no evil: 
                                               for thou art with me; 
                                                  thy rod and thy staff 
                                               they comfort me.
  .                      Thou preparest a table before me
                                       in the presence of mine enemies: 
                                thou anointest my head with oil;
                                                my cup runneth over. {wow!} 
                        Surely goodness and mercy
                                  shall follow me

For thine is the Kingdom,                 all the days of my life: and I will dwell
and the Power,                          in the house                  
and the Glory                          of the Lord
Now and forever.                        for ever.

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