Finding prayer in all things.
First, it’s never lost on me how incredible it is that you open my emails. You get tons of emails a day and the fact that you open MINE, well, it simply stuns me. Thank you. As you know, in January I declared 2015 to be the year of connection; deeper connection with you, my family, my friends and, of course, with my body and soul. And one of the ways I’ve been cultivating a more robust soul connection is by listening to On Being with Krista Tippett. This podcast is literally chicken soup, a loaf of walnut levain, a hunk of nutty gouda cheese and a bar of dark chocolate for my little Jamie soul. YES, it’s that good.
I could go on and on about the poignant conversations, how Krista’s voice is that of an angel, or the brilliance of her interviewees, but I won’t. What I will say is that I cry almost every time I listen, having the inaccessible accessed, and if that’s not soul connection, I don’t know what is.
In one of the recordings, Krista was moderating a live interfaith summit between the Dalai Lama and other notable religious leaders, one of them being Katharine Jefferts Schori, the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States, who said this:
“We must look at all existence as a prayer.”
In truth, this wasn’t the first time I’d heard this idea, this notion of finding prayer in all things but it struck hard because I was in the middle of cleaning the house and making my to do list for the work week. So, as you can imagine, there was very little prayer to be found.
And so I stopped, took a breath, centered myself and began to channel my vacuuming as prayer. Not a prayer to anything or for anything (Like, “Dear Universe, can you please make this vacuuming go quicker, because I hate it”), but prayer in the form of simple action. Then making my to do list became prayer. Then preparing lunch, a prayer. Then washing the dishes, a prayer. Folding the laundry, yet another prayer.
And the crazy thing? When I’d finished folding the laundry, I wanted more laundry to fold. In turning my current existence into prayer, calm swept over me. What had before annoying, monotonous tasks were now a chance to find patience where there had been none, to locate connection where I had originally felt scattered, and to stumble upon a direct line to my heart when I had, just moments before, felt alone.
That is the power of prayer, the power to change our inner existence for the better by creating sacredness in the every day.
Peace is what happens when we can find prayer in all things. We don’t have to go hunting for it. It’s been right there, all along, in the laundry.
So tell me, what actions/pieces of your life would you like to turn into prayer? What sacredness might you find in your every day life that connects you more fully to ease and peace?
I would LOVE to know so simply email to lay it on me.
P.S. This song always gets me pumped to pray. Enjoy.
P.P.S. Happy birthday to my amazing mother and extraordinary grandmother who both have birthdays this week. I’m forever blessed to have such wonderful women in my life. Thank you for loving me, encouraging me and always reading my posts. (Yes, this is a test to see if you’re still reading ;-)
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