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Saturday Sabbath – "Nature is God's niggun"

Saturday Sabbath – "Nature is God's niggun"

La Padre, poem, prayer, sabbath, Spirituality
Sabbath (or Shabbat as it is called in Judaism) is the sacred pause in the flow of the week.  Shabbat services on Saturday morning offer many suggestions for finding one's way to rest and to The Divine.  One suggestion is a "niggun" - a wordless prayer - often sung.  In this poem though, author Rami Shapiro suggests that Nature itself be a niggun - the experience of a wordless prayer to enter into Sabbath.  As autumn arrives, dressing  Nature in multi-colored glory, I invite you to find time out of doors to "listen in deep silence." Nature is God’s niggun, a wordless melody of unfolding Life. To awaken to God we must hear the niggun. To awaken to God we must listen in deep silence. Silence arises when thinking ceases. If we would know God we must quiet the mind, cease the chatter...
Letting the Earth Help You Deal with Overwhelming Feelings

Letting the Earth Help You Deal with Overwhelming Feelings

spiritual practice, Spirituality
Caring for the Earth and the climate come only when we're able to see ourselves in relationship with the Earth herself.  Intimacy, and discovering a reciprocal side of this relationship deepens it.  Letting the Earth help you when you're struggling makes it that much easier to turn around and help the Earth with her struggles. Here at BeguineAgain.com, we will focus on the climate throughout the week as it leads to the People’s Climate March on September 21st.
Invitation to Ritual Sunday Sharing Bread

Invitation to Ritual Sunday Sharing Bread

awareness, Blessings, La Padre, mindfulness, Rituals, spiritual practice, spiritual practices
  The practice of sharing bread is as old as bread itself.  Before Jesus Christ broke bread with his followers and said "Take this, all of you, and eat from it..." there was the Jewish practice of the HaMotzi, the blessing over the bread.   To sanctify the Sabbath, the holidays and any celebration bread was blessed with the words "Blessed are you, Lord our G_d, who brings forth bread from the Earth." And well before either of those were laws of Hospitality, sealed with wine and bread.  And the celebrations of the harvest. In the Celtic places of the world the celebration of the first harvest, the harvest of grain, was called Lughnasadh.  Pronounced Loon'-sod, it is celebrated on or around August 1st - in between the Summer Solstice and the Vernal Equinox.  My family and I will ce...