“I like my life just fine.” I definitely agree. This is a line from Bruce Cockburn’s Great Big Love Sweeping Across the Sky.
I spent the day, about five hours, helping my friends get their garage organized for a ‘moving sale’. While Pieper (my Golden Retriever) couldn’t quite grasp the whole idea and was none to happy as I was not devoting every other minute to throwing a ball for her to fetch. She finally gave up and laid in the car.
After musky hours in the garage we headed to the wilderness for a luxurious hike. Drizzling rain drapes the forest and sounds of trickling creeks and chirping birds are music in my ears; wings flapping heavy, could have been a hawk. The reservoir is like a mirror. Pieper dives in and waves ripple across the glass. I met Dorothy, Bette, Dragor and Brody, new friends on the trail. Tails waged and words were spoken softly. Ions lay heavy and I lap them up.
Homeward bound I tread, too tired to stand long enough to cook: Papa Murphies pizza, chocolate almond coffee ice cream, preheat the oven, wash dishes and hang upside down (I have an inversion table for my compressed Intervertebral discs). Woah! I’m ready for a hot soak and some Bruce Cockburn and Nothing But A Burning Light.
Before my soak, I decide to do a little house cleaning, empty the two litter boxes and vacuum the area. While emptying a paper sack a zeroxed copy of a page falls to the floor: ‘firday, august 1, 2008’ a prayer of the heart– How wonderful! I decide to read it before I hop in for a soak.
Now, I’m knee deep thinking about the ‘common ground’ that Bruce Cockburn, Kahlil Gibran, myself and The Science of the Mind share. The following are quotes from the fallen page and my thoughts about there meaning. When I read the title a friend came to mind and her blog about ‘divine purpose‘.
What did he mean? I believe, unless the words are ‘pure and true’, they do not come from our highest power and can have little meaning.
“Prayer does something to the mind of the one praying.” – The Science of Mind.
Not just to the mind…but deep into that place our mind keeps trying to define; the heart and soul. I have not read Kahlil Gibran in many years; but I do love his poetry. I listen to Bruce Cockburn fairly often and his lyrics are poems to my heart and soul. I know less about The Science of Mind; however, I believe prayer, contemplation, meditation, hiking in the forest or anything you can do to slow your body and mind to a calm and peaceful place, will make it possible to touch our divine nature.
Now, I give you: ‘a prayer of the heart’ by Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet.
“There is a prayer of the heart that lives within you. Untarnished by the vicissitudes of life, it awaits your recognition; it calls you into yourself–it calls you out of yourself. It calls you to express itself as you. In the vast silence of our soul this prayer emerges to speak its beingness into form that it may show forth the glory of God. It is this one that may name itself ten thousand: uplifting, transforming, healing and wholeness–it may name itself goodness.
The prayer is speaking to you. It yearns to speak through youl Listen and hear it. Surrender and speak it. Watch yourself be it. Enter into the inner chamber of your being. Close the door on the world of effects. Touch the stillness within you and listen. Let go of all thought. Let go of being small. Let go of all hesitation and fear. Let go of all expectation. Let the prayer still you. Let it awaken you. let it move through you like a rushing river of joy. Let it burst open like a flower that can no longer contain the potency of its fragrance. God is forevermore and always shall be.
affirmation – I commune with the presence of God within me. I let the prayer of my heart give voice to the truth of God within me and heal my life.
How beautiful is that? I don’t follow any particular faith, however, these are words and thoughts I recognize in my heart. I am meant to be of a ‘divine’ and ‘all knowing’ nature; this is the feeling inside me that my mind tries to define. My ‘image’ holds all the power and grace intended; this is not a new revelation; but a revelation none the less. My revelation is ‘pure and true’: God is listening!