Good Day, God
I have taken some small steps toward taking You more seriously. (I suspect You are laughing.) It began with doing Centering Prayer twice a day. Then about a month ago it came to me that I should actually pray for those who despitefully use (if not me then) the Country and the Planet.
That seemed harmless enough until part II arrived — I was to pray on my knees for 10 whole minutes. YIKES! Now, I’m laughing! But, I have done it fairly faithfully.
The first result? I stopped being so angry and self-righteous. I realized that I share many characteristics of the person I started praying for. And my prayers quickly shifted from “change his mind” to please heal US.
The second result? I realized it was a terrible waste of emotional time and energy to focus hate, anger and judgment on OTHERS. And not just a waste. It was somehow toxic for me.
The third result? I began to see behind the distractions. I watched a video of Vandana Shiva and immediately ordered her book, Who REALLY Feeds the World? And I actually AM reading it. (One chapter a day is all I can take. But with out the ongoing prayer I couldn’t even do that!)
What have I learned? Again . . . more tomorrow.
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