Posted in Inspiration

Truth Potpourri

Today’s blog is a melange of “insight” that showed up as I meandered through my Sunday.  The first, my own personal creed as inspired by a friend’s questions about God.  The second, a poem that was the result of our Sunday meditation gathering while reflecting on the story of Jesus healing the man who was deaf and mute.  Ephphatha!

If I Could Write My Own Creed:

I believe in One God….by whatever name or experience you call it.

God is love.

God is known in the world through all of creation (including humanity) when we have the eyes to see it and a heart open to experience it.

We are here to be human (warts and all) and the vehicle for transcending the inherent suffering of the human condition is to remember our original nature in Oneness with God/Love.

There have been many teachers who have come to the full recollection of that love – ones we might call enlightened, bodhisattva, Christ, etc. These teachers are the light that draws us toward awareness of our own Love and they have left behind teachings and practices that help us to remember that Love.

Jesus was one of those teachers and the one I look to for guidance while honoring the truths expressed by other such enlightened masters.

Reflections on Truth:

God’s truth is that which finds its way to the top.

As we shake out the sand of confusion and fear,

This truth is the jewel that remains.

Priceless.  Perfect.  Precious to Behold.

The jewel that bears light,

glowing the vibrant fuschia of Divine Love.

It uplifts and upholds us –

Nourishes and sustains us –

Fills us with joy

Leads us to peace

God’s truth reflects our truth

and is the way in which God loves us.

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com

Posted in Spiritual Practices

Spiritual Practices …. continued…

Today I continue the series on Contemplative Spiritual Practices.  These practices, many of which come out of the Christian Contemplative tradition, are adaptable to anyone, regardless of your religious beliefs or background.  Today, we will explore Mantra Prayer.

Abwoon d’bwashmaya

Om Namo Yehoshua

Ave Maria

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with you.

Om Mani Padme Hum

Hari Krishna

Sita Ram Sita Ram Jaya Sita Ram

Om Mata Om Mata Om Shri Mata Jagate Mata

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.

Gan Gan Ganapati Namo Namaste

 

Mantra Prayer

Mantra prayer in its simplest form is the repeated recitation of a word or phrase. In our Western culture, we are most familiar with the Catholic rosary and its requisite prayers, The Hail Mary, The Apostle’s Creed and The Lord’s Prayer as a form of mantra prayer.  The rhythmic repetition helps to draw us into a calm, peaceful, perhaps mindful state, not unlike the relaxation that is facilitated by a mother rocking her child.  I can recall the number of times I have used the Hail Mary in this way during times of intense anxiousness, worry or fear.  Mantra prayer can become an even more meaningful form of meditation when we not only recite the word or phrase, but bring our mind into focused concentration on the words and their meaning.  The combined efforts of mental focus and rhythmic repetition help to draw us into a deep state of peaceful calm where we are able to be open to the fruits of contemplation which include: insight, wisdom, knowledge, guidance, healing, comfort, direction and understanding.

 

Examples of Mantra Prayer

Here is a Youtube link to my Kirtan teacher, Ragani as she leads mantra prayer in its Kirtan format:  KIRTAN

And here is a link to the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic, another form of mantra prayer:  ARAMAIC Lord’s Prayer

And here is one from the Taize community in France, Ubi Caritas (where charity and love are, there is God)  TAIZE

 

How to do it

Mantra prayer is really quite simple:

1) Choose a sacred word or phrase that has meaning to you.  (you might choose one from the list above)

2) Focus your attention on the meaning of the word or phrase

3) Silently or aloud in word or song, repeat the phrase over and over and over

4) Rest in the peaceful calm facilitated by this mode of prayerful meditation

 

What sacred word or phrase has meaning to you?

How might you begin to incorporate mantra prayer and meditation into your daily spiritual practice?

 

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com