So this month, I will be observing 7 pauses each day to pray. Prayer, coupled with bible study, is one of the most difficult things for me to do. I never learned to pray, beyond rote recitations. Slowly I learned to just talk to God and not worry about the formality of prayer. Whenever I feel worried or happy or burdened, I just talk. To this day, I still don't like to pray in front of other people.
The prayers this month are different though. They follow and at times lead the rhythm of my day.
- Dawn: The Awakening Hour--Praising and Celebration
- Mid-morning: The Blessing Hour--Mindfulness of the Spirit's presence and the sacredness of our work
- Midday: The Hour of Illumination--Illuminating your heart
- Mid afternoon: The Wisdom Hour--Surrender, Forgiveness, Wisdom and the Impermanence of Life
- Early Evening: The Twilight Hour--Gratitude and Serenity
- Bedtime: The Great Silence--Awareness of your day, Protection from darkness, stillness and rest
- Midnight: The Night Watch--Advocating for those who suffer and live in darkness: the suffering, abandoned, oppressed and lonely
I'm hoping that this month helps me redefine the natural flow of my days.