Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 7, 2007
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 7, 2007
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it
Today I feel spiritually exhausted. I am weary of
"doing prayer." Too many words feel like a grocery
list to God. Why can I not simply be in holy
presence without words? The ancients understood
"God is closer than our breathing, nearer than our
hands and feet" (Wuellner, Flora Slosson. "Prayer
and Our Bodies," p. 36. Wuellner describes this as
"beautiful words of an old prayer." She does not
attribute the phrase to any particular person.)
Perhaps answers are found in simple breath prayers
of the heart. Sometimes all we can do is breathe.
When life is chaotic, confusing, and painful,
anything else is too difficult.
I have heard it said that there is no such thing
as a little prayer. Oh God, teach me to pray! I
sometimes wonder if God hears and if prayers make
a difference. I wonder how to pray, for often I
feel so inadequate even though I own dozens of
books about prayer. The Internet also offers
many spirituality Web sites eager to tell me
how to pray. Why must prayer be so confusing?
How can it be simplified? I think the answer
is through breath prayers.
We must breathe everywhere we go. Breath prayers
can travel with us everywhere, and help create an
awareness of the inner chapel of our hearts.
Through breathing, we can invite the Spirit to
go deeper and help us in our prayers. By paying
attention to our bodies through breathing, the
healing breath of life from God can enter with
each inhalation. Breath prayers help us hear
our hearts beating with God.
Meister Eckhart has been credited with saying,
"If the only prayer we ever pray is thank you,
that would be enough." Perhaps the secret of
devoting ourselves to prayer with an attitude
of thanksgiving is found through a breath
meditation used by Thich Nhat Hanh when he is
with little children. Wherever they go, he
teaches them to breathe in the words, "Yes,
yes, yes." And to breathe out, "Thanks, thanks,
thanks" (Hanh, Thich Nhat. "The Long Road Turns
to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditations," p. 36.)
He believes this prayer helps them respond to
life, to society, and to the earth in a positive
Yes, yes, yes. Thanks, thanks, thanks. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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