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Reflection - February 2015

posted Feb 4, 2015, 9:16 AM by Vidal Martinez   [ updated May 11, 2016, 8:43 PM by Nancy DeBiasi ]


Lately I've been thinking about intention: why I do what is expected of me each day, and how I might approach differently the tasks I dislike or resist. When I let myself get caught in the "should, ought to, have to, must" duties, blocks of resistance arise and yank away my positive energy. When I deliberately change my intention and clear out the resistance, gratefulness and joy flow steadily. Just this morning I went to shovel the hard-packed snow pushed in front of my driveway. I went out the door grumbling unkind thoughts about the snowplow driver. But as I picked up the shovel I changed my intention from "I have to do it" to "I want to enjoy this." It was then I looked around and became aware of the rising sun filling the snow-laden woods with sparkling stars, felt the exhilarating texture of brisk winter air on my cheeks, noticed the crunch of snow beneath my feet, and heard the song of a waking cardinal. Grumpiness left. Awe-filled gratitude arose. Joy returned.

Some years ago I created a prayer to help set my daily intentions. As we approach Lent. instead of "giving something up," perhaps we might focus on an awareness of our motivations and intentions each day, filling them with loving kindness.

Six Gestures of Morning Praise (Out of the Ordinary, Joyce Rupp)

Each morning when I arise I begin the day with these six gestures. I join spirit & body in praising the Holy One, offering my thanks for life. With each gesture I say a one-line prayer and then remain in that posture for a brief time.

Offering the Creator praise and gratitude: (Stretch your arms high and wide above your head): "I thank you, Holy One, for the gift of another day of life."

Intentionally being aware of a bond with all of creation: (Hold your arms out from the sides. Reach around as if forming a large circle around your body.) "I reach out in compassion to my sisters and brothers throughout the world."

Offering our life to the Holy One: (Stretch your arms out straight in front of you, slightly apart, palms up.) "I give to you all I am and all I have."

Opening to accept what the Holy One offers in this day: (Cup your hands close together in front of you as a container ready to hold something.) "I open my entire being to receive the gift that you have waiting for me in this new day."

Remembering to be kind to our planet Earth: (Reach down, and touch the floor, or the ground if you are outside.) "I touch the Earth with awe, reverence & gratitude."

Awareness of the indwelling presence of the Holy One: (Stand up, cross hands over your heart, and bow to the waist level.) "May I be united with you throughout this day."

Abundant peace,
Joyce Rupp