Presentation on theme: "Hinduism has a strong tradition of meditation, and uses the whole body in yoga to “still the mind”. I weave a silence to my lips…my mind…my heart… Calm."— Presentation transcript:
Hinduism has a strong tradition of meditation, and uses the whole body in yoga to “still the mind”. I weave a silence to my lips…my mind…my heart… Calm me, oh Lord, as you stilled the storm. Still me, oh Lord, keep me from harm. Let all the tumult within me cease. Enfold me, Lord, in your peace.
As a Christian…. ….which opportunities can I use within my spiritual tradition to worship with body and soul, walking, kneeling, standing…? ….how can my faith help me towards stillness in my life? Which images, hymns or stories can I meditate on to help me find silence?
Five times a day, Muslims answer the call to prayer – getting up before sunrise, interrupting their work, “re- orientating” themselves towards Mecca. Photo by ~crystalina~ at http://flickr.com/photos/15396401@N00/11463203.
As a Christian… …can I find a similar routine of prayer, that takes precedence over whatever else may be happening in my life? Can the texts and prayer times of the Church help me to do so? …can I become more confident with presenting myself as a person who prays in public, maybe letting people know that I am praying for them?
In Judaism, there are many symbols that show a deep respect for the word of God – it is written in the mezuzahs, which can be found at the entrance of Jewish homes, and the Torah is never touched by hand. A reading from the Torah marks the entry into adulthood.
As a Christian… …can I find more time to study the Bible, with a deeper appreciation of God’s word as a gift, and an answer to the questions life throws up? Thus says the Lord: ‘As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.’ Isaiah 55:10-11 …can I find a way of marking occasions with passages from the Bible – in greeting cards, by going back to favourite texts in difficult situations, by picking readings careful when helping to organise a special Mass…?
Sikhs carry a ceremonial dagger, the kirpan, which reminds them that they are soldiers for justice and peace.
As a Christian… …are there any saints’ lives that inspire me particularly in their determination to fight for peace and justice? …how do I live out my call to help the weak and the poor in my daily life – in decisions about what I buy, in how I spend my time… God, help us to be inspired by the spirituality of other religions, so that we may come closer to you in our love and friendship for others. Amen.