It’s difficult to talk about one’s ‘favorite’ prayer. Still, at some point we have felt the power of such a prayer/meditation. This is an attempt to share some such experiences of strength and hope, so they can help others. Post Yours
- Put One Foot in Front of The Other
Put One Foot in Front of The Other
Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of the other.
– M.C. Richards
We usually talk about the benefits of prayer and meditation and keeping good company. We may have the noblest of intentions, but just thinking about doing something is not enough. We must simply, actively take steps towards our goal — do what we are supposed to do, and do it at once.
Just do it.
There will always be challenges, so we pray for courage to remain faithful when pains and fears seem overwhelming.
- Unto those that hath shall be given …
Unto those that hath shall be given …
Unto those that hath shall be given, and they shall have abundance: but from those that hath not shall be taken away even that which they have.
– The Gospel according to Saint Matthew
This is a strange paradox, a little-known secret. Jesus isn’t speaking of worldly goods. He is speaking of a very rare kind of treasure: the more you draw on it, the more you will have. The more patient you are with people, for instance, the more patience you will have. The more generous you are today, the more generosity you will have tomorrow. The more love you give, the more loving you become.
The principle can be stated in the plainest of terms: if you are selfish with your love, the scant security you cling to will be battered by life. But if you give of yourself freely, your security will be unshakable. Your joy will be limitless. You will always have more to give.
Learn self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it. As soon as you apply yourself to contemplation, you will at once feel your senses gather themselves together: they seem like bees which return to the hive and there shut themselves up to work at the making of honey.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
Complete concentration is complete relaxation. The ability to work on a job with total concentration, and then put it out of your mind when necessary, is a skill which can be cultivated. Through practice, we can learn to drop whatever we are doing and turn our attention to a more urgent need. When you are absorbed in a favorite book and your partner interrupts you, set the book aside and give your complete attention to what he or she is saying. If part of your mind is on the conversation and part on what you have been reading, there will be division and tension in the mind.
When we practice this one-pointedness during the day, it will greatly help our meditation. The mind will much more quickly become recollected.
— Eknath Easwaran
- Dukh Bhanjani
Dukh Bhanjani Sahib in Gurmukhi
- Perfect Conditions