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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...
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...
Invitation to Ritual June 2014

Invitation to Ritual June 2014

"Life" Issues, La Padre, peace, Rituals, spiritual practice, spiritual practices, Spirituality
Our spaces.   They're sacred. In the same way that our bodies are the sacred vessel for our spirit/mind, so too are our physical spaces the sacred vessels for our bodies. As such, we need to care for our spaces. We need to show them love and attention. Like children they need upkeep. And sometimes, we need to safeguard them. I have a friend whose home office is next to her 16 year-old daughter's room. Mothers and daughters being what they are, and 16 year-olds being what they are, they sometimes fight. It's hard to focus when there's that kind of negativity around. Problem is, often there's nothing to resolve that negativity short of time. And there's still work to do! But there's still a way to safeguard the time and space you need to spend working while respecting the natural...