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Passion Party #568 - Prayer and Meditation

Prayer and meditation are similar but different.
Meditation is an emptying out
a clearing of the mind
a "no-thought"
or a watching of the thoughts go by
just like clouds, blown in a clear blue sky.

Prayer is more directed
but it is not an asking of what God can do for you.
it is not like the wish list for Santa Claus.
It is an asking of what you can do to fulfill God's will.

My prayers start with a request for clarity and serenity, and this is like a meditation.
Then a thank you for what I have been given
(and often a surprise at how things that I desire seem to be coming my way)
Then a grateful list
and then a request prefaced by "if it is Your Will".

And yes, there is a big part of me that questions God as an individual or any kind of anthropomorphic being with the capability of listening and responding. Seems like a fairy tale. It is more an offering to life, to the universe, and the response continues to be surprising, often accurate and at times immediate.

For the New Year: Repentence and Returning (PP#82)

I was never a big fan of repentance.
It always brings up an image of a New Yorker comic
with a guy in a long robe walking the streets
with a big placard,
someone Holier Than Thou,
who are you to tell me to repent for my sins?

But T'shuvah has other meanings
It is taking responsibility for one's actions
It is being accountable
And in another way it can be translated as "return".
A return to where you have come from
a return to the beginning
as we all finally return to the same nothingness.

When thought of this way
T'shuvah is really the 4th Step Prayer
a time to clean my side of the street
admit what I did wrong
and a willingness to change
to make it right in the future.
And it is when I become accountable
that things begin
changing
improving
creating space for what
the Universe has to offer.

Passion Party #567: Commitment vs. Obligation

We all take on commitments, and each commitment creates obligations.
We run into trouble when we end up with obligations that we realize we really don't want to fulfill. So before I take on something new, I ask myself, "Is this a commitment I want to take on?  Or will it end up being a bunch of obligations that I really don't want to do? And what in my life now is really just an obligation that I don't care about any more?
Clearing out the obligations and focusing on the commitments I actually want to fulfill  simplifies my life and helps me feel more "in balance".