I watched a PBS program the other night about Shakespeare’s Macbeth and one insight of the host made me sit up and take notice. The play of Macbeth, as Shakespeare tells it, is about the ego. You see Macbeth let his own and his wife’s ego control his life and I resonate with that. As of late I am wrestling with my own ego issues. Now I doubt I am going to go and kill anyone to get ahead, although metaphorically speaking I may have done that already, but right now I am trying to separate my desires from the desires of God. To be honest I don’t think I’m doing a very good job. The question I ask myself (ok questions) ‘is what I want what God wants for me and from me,’ or ‘am I telling God what I want and just assuming that it is what God wants to do.’
You see telling the difference bet...
Today's post is a guest post from Roy deLeon at Expressive Prayer. Roy is the author of the book, Praying with the Body, a Benedictine Oblate, a yoga inspirer, and an all around awesome guy! I have found his book to be the one I give away more than any other book. Setting Yoga movements to traditional morning, afternoon, and evening prayers. Roy is also an artist who creates thoughtful and inspiring art. Today, we have a combination of art, yoga, and thought coming together to inspire us all!
This is a breath prayer and art inspired by Psalm 84.
Meditation with the yoga pose parighasana, or gate:Inhale-I choose to be a gatekeeper at the dwelling of LoveExhale-Than be in the tents of Hatred and Fear.
What are you afraid of?
How can you overcome that fear with love?
1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 (NRSV) 12But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labor among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; 13esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 . . ., encourage the faint hearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. 15See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. 16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
There is an ancient story in the Orthodox Christian Tradition concerning a Pilgrim who searches for a deep communion with God, for an understanding of prayer and the spiritual practice of “prayer without ceasing.” In his trav...