pray in. pray out.

My buddy Al says, “gardening deepens trance. Now.” I love it. It was complete utilization, however (in the hypnotic sense), because it was phenomenon which was already occurring when he said it.

I love to pray inside and outside–me, that is. This morning I prayed Morning Prayer, or Lauds, as we traditionally call it in the Catholic Church. Doing so consists of the recitation of psalms and canticles from scripture, along with other ritual prayers. Praying your world through Lauds is a great way to start the day. In the office. Quiet. Alone. My favorite part is always a line from the morning canticle, the Canticle of Zechariah:

“You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way…”

That is all the affirmation that I need for the day!

Then there was prayer in the garden this morning. I find it impossible to hate in the garden (not that I’m a person who focuses on hatred anyway, thank goodness!). Have you ever heard of the Tibetan Buddhist practice of Tonglen? Its beauty is in its simpicity and versatility as a prayer form. How do you do it? Take a look here and see. The simple act of breathing in pain and suffering and sending out love and compassion can completely transform the way you relate to those around you. Tonglen in the garden is a wonderful way to start the day.

Pray in, pray out.

Be well and at peace,

Phil

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