How Do We Pray? (When Flowers Do…)

Via Joana Smith
on Jul 16, 2012
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poem,” a man in his life” by Yehuda Amichai

photos of clouds, by Susannah Virginia Griffin (thanks..)

On giving fromĀ  “On The Name,” by Jacques Derrida

“How Do We Pray?” from Christian Meditation: Your Daily Practice, by Laurence Freeman”

Diagram of “le mouvement” from “Descartes et les Principia II” by Frederic De Buzon and Vincent Carraud

a time to “keep” collage (on the wall) by Lindsay Nicole Eller

Notes on Jewish Living from a notebook found in the Randall’s parking lot 2 weeks ago…


About Joana Smith

Who I'd like to meet: Superman's Children, eco-warriors, truck drivers, persephone, roller derby queens, nurses, scientists, givers, priests, yogi, storytellers, people who don't know right now, playwrights, philosophers, people who are more visual, people who hop trains, performers, poets, seamstresses, activists, Spider-Man, kids, rangers, Snow White, dj's, massage therapists, people who work with their hands, bunnies, sportsracers, people who work in offices, dancers, baristas, artists, cleaners, climbers, Jeff's sister, Colbert, Skiers, Bikers, skaters, surfers, ani, people who are recovering, trees (and flowers), people who will die soon, gardeners, horses, Jolie-Pitt, soon-to-be mothers, margie's daughter, astronomers, people who are scared, girls who wear black and listen to the Smiths, cuffmakers, lambs, Miranda July, the man in the moon, Bono, people from 'round here, Obama...


5 Responses to “How Do We Pray? (When Flowers Do…)”

  1. slsimms says:

    How deeply moving art and prose….

  2. Farah says:

    Just one word! … Amazing!!!

  3. Justin says:

    Re: Prayer
    I no longer see prayer as a way to "talk to God", nor a way for Him to talk to us. When I pray, I do not picture God in front of me, or standing on a cloud above me, or sitting on a throne in the sky, etc. I don't see it as a way to tell God what I need, want, or desire — He already knows all that.

    In fact, prayer cannot tell God anything more than He already knows. Nor do I see it as a way for me to reveal myself to myself. It is not designed to humble us or make us feel guilty or miserable or lowly or meek — by having us kneel down, fold our arms, bow our heads, speak in reverent tones, use reverent "thee, thou, thine" language, lift up the arms, prostrate, etc. It is not designed to be a psychological tool, though it can be used as one.

    I now see prayer as a role-play. A specific gospel ordinance whereby I pour my own Self out of my mind — becoming emptied — so that I can be filled up with the Holy Spirit. I don't begin to speak vocally until I feel myself identified with the personage of Jesus Christ — so that I may speak the words that He would speak, instead of speaking the words that I would speak.

    It is ineffectual to pray as if you are speaking to an invisible, mute person — saying words that you want to say. That leaves us only thanking God for what we are thankful for, instead of thanking God for all things; only confessing the hand of God in the things we have seen it in, instead of confessing His hand in all things; only asking for the things we want or think they can get, instead of asking God for all things; only praising God when we feel like praising Him, instead of praising Him unceasingly.

    Our minds are in the wrong environment — utilizing only the left-brain-mind, which is Self-ish [meaning centered on the concept of Self] — instead of the right-brain-heart, which is Self-less [or lacking a central concept of "Self"]. In prayer — I try not to look outward from my perspective — rather, I focus on looking inward from God’s.

    Re: Time
    I like this idea of sanctified Time also. The ebb and flow — expand, contract — inhale, exhale — etc. that's seen in nature and her eternal cycles.

    This sort of linear, time-as-a-train-track view causes us to see "eternity" as an event or thing that's "out-there" and is "coming" on us. But, in that sense, there's no such thing as eternity. There can't be such a time or place "out-there" called "eternity" that is coming — because "eternity" is something that has nothing to do with time.

    It just *is*. What we call "the past" is just the human ability to remember — and what we call "the future" is our capacity to worry, plan, and make predictions.

    Eternity isn't some later time — or even some really long duration of time. I'd say that eternity has nothing to do with time. It's that state of experiencing [of Be-ing] the here-and-now where all thinking in temporal terms [according to the flesh] gets cut-off, is denied, is nailed to the cross, sanctified, set-apart, etc.

    Eternity is just now — it's what's happening. And we can make a heaven of it — or we can make a hell of it. And if we don't get it here, we won't get it anywhere — because it's not "out-there", anywhere else waiting to "come-upon" us.

  4. Love it, Joanna.

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