justkimu: (crossroads)
Yep, you read that subject line correctly.

Around day 20 I had this deeply spiritual experience. It is something I explained to The Mister as Sacred Agnosticism. After reading 100s of prayers (and only posting a few), I found myself in a spot of "huh?"

There is a book by A.J. Jacobs about living a whole year biblically. At the end of the year he was still pretty much agnostic, but understood the sacredness of faith systems.

In short, I had to stop the prayers. Posting a prayer each day became something that was done, not something that had any feeling. For some reason my prayers offline started to lose their shine...their joi de vivre...

Anyway...in order to restore balance to my Universe, the prayer posting had to stop. It is doubtful that I will resume it in the public eye. The experience has completely changed me, for sure, but not in the way I first suspected.

At least I know that I'm still a proud Kimboist. ;)
justkimu: (ET believe)
This prayer counts for both days.

Also, I've reached the 1/2 way point - much has happened since I first started.

So, without further ado...

To Hera
I praise you, great Hera, fair bride of mighty Zeus,
mother of stout Ares and skillful Hephaestus,
beautiful queen who walks Olympus' golden halls.
Magnificent temples are yours, glorious goddess;
with libations and festivals are you honored,
Hera, with your fathomless eyes, your even gaze,
your measured step, your poise and grace beyond compare.
To each wedding day you bring joy, most honored one;
by your will do lovers join in lawful marriage,
as partners form a household, begin a family.
Brilliant and strong-willed defender of marriage,
great Hera, I honor you and ask your blessing.
justkimu: (Default)
Day 15
Perhaps I shall return someday
Once more to stand before this
Valley of the Winds

And the
Guardian of the Night
will fill my Cup and bid me drink, once again
of stygian nights in half remembered dreams
and
Sacred Barren Ground.

But my heart will still remember those
Ageless Hymns of old.
Which stirred my soul with their
Deeper Truths
and made my spirit bold.

For my task is not to seek some
Higher Ground,
nor make the darkness bright.

It is to walk with Faith amidst the gloom
Undaunted, Unafraid & Undiminished
by the darkness
of the
night.

raleigh michael smith - 2000

day 16
HO!
Mesmerised by the sheer variety of perceptions,
which are like the illusory reflections
of the moon in water,
Beings wander endlessly astray
in samsara's vicious cycle.
In order that they may find comfort and ease
in the all -pervading luminosity
of the true nature of their minds,
I generate the immeasurable love,
compassion, joy and equanimity
of the awakened mind,
the heart of bodhicitta.

nyingma buddhism - jikmé lingpa - 18th century

day 17
As you leave this place
may the Living Lord go with you;
May he go behind you, to encourage you,
beside you, to befriend you,
above you, to watch over you,
beneath you, to lift you from your sorrows,
within you, to give you the gifts of faith, hope, and love,
and always before you, to show you the way.

benediction - blair monie

And today, day 18
HYMN TO THE UNKNOWN GOD
(Peruvian)


O RULER! Lord of the universe,
Whether thou art male,
Whether thou art female,
Lord of reproduction
Wherever thou mayest be!
O Lord of divination
Where art thou?
Thou mayest be above,
Thou mayest be below,
Or perhaps around
Thy splendid throne and sceptre.
O hear me!
From the sky above,
In which thou mayest be,
From the sea beneath
In which thou mayest be.
Creator of the world,
Maker of all men;
Lord of all Lords
My eyes fail me for longing to see thee
For the sole desire to know thee.
O look down upon me
For thou knowest me.
The sun--the moon--
The day--the night--
Spring--winter,
Are not ordained in vain
By thee, O Deity!
They all travel
To the assigned place;
They all arrive
At their destined ends
Whithersoever thou pleasest.
Thy royal sceptre
Thou holdest.
O hear me!
O choose me!
Let it not be
That I should tire,
That I should die!
justkimu: (falling magic)
The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant: we should not be ruled by them; they are obstacles on our path.
– Bhagavad Gita
justkimu: (crossroads)
Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.
- Buddha
justkimu: (Default)
The sun shines down,
and its image reflects a thousand
different pots filled with water.

The reflections are many,
but they are each reflecting the same sun.

Similarly, when we come to know who we truly are,
we will see ourselves in all people.

- Amma
justkimu: (buddha)
Now with more fun :)


From Joe Z
Wanted: Inner Revolutionaries
More than two centuries ago our founding fathers promised us
That Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
Was the birthright of every American citizen

What does that mean now in the twenty-first century?

The life of the planet and every species is in peril
Civil liberties are vanishing everyday
And how happy are we, really?

Why are we most often called consumers rather than citizens?

Technology, green or otherwise, will not solve this problem
Neither will more production nor more consumption
Only an Inner Revolution of Consciousness will turn things around

And it begins with you, right now, if you are ready and willing
justkimu: (elton matt)
This is for the hardworking Mister.

And, yes, it goes for both days as he works his sweet, sweet can off 7 days a week.

Dear Lord, we come to you as humble as we know how.

Lord, we ask you to watch over all the carpenters that we have here today, keep them safe from hurt, harm and danger. Bless them that have come out today and them that want to come, that they may come the next time.


Lord, we ask that You put their hands in Your hands. In Jesus name we pray and we will give You the full glory and praise!


Amen and Amen!!!

Written by Celeste Bonner
Caroline County Habitat Partner
justkimu: (talking statue)
In humility is the greatest freedom.

As long as you have to defend the imaginary self
that you think is important, you lose your peace of heart.
As soon as you compare that shadow
with the shadows of other people, you lose all joy,
because you have begun to trade in unrealities
and there is no joy in things that do not exist.


-- Thomas Merton
justkimu: (green man arm)
Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.
– The Buddha


This very interesting...

Love you!
justkimu: (nekkie faery)
Today has been of the garden variety strange.

New folks on the f_list shakin' it up. Loads of comments on things I just pass by.

My prayer for today just didn't fit. I couldn't find a place for the words. A candle was lit, an incense was started...but nothing. Nothing. Nothing.

Then I came across a quote about laughter...

Laughter is a divine gift to the human who is humble. A proud man cannot laugh because he must watch his dignity; he cannot give himself over to the rocking and rolling of his belly. But a poor and happy man laughs heartily because he gives no serious attention to his ego….Only the truly humble belong to this kingdom of divine laughter…Humor and humility should keep good company. Self deprecating humor can be a healthy reminder that we are not the center of the universe, that humility is our proper posture before our fellow humans as well as before almighty God…"I suppose,” wrote C.S. Lewis, “we should mind humiliation less if we were but humbler.”
-From Terry Lindvall’s book, Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis


Today [livejournal.com profile] muffybolding was sent by God to deliver me the biggest belly laugh ever.

EVER!

I've seen the glory. Now I will share it with you.

justkimu: (black horse)
Litany Against Fear
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear - From Frank Herbert's Dune Book Series
© 1965 and 1984 Frank Herbert


~ and ~


Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

—Mark 11:23-25
justkimu: (oya)

Wee boy is on my lap as I type this...

Wee girl woke me up at 5:30am by falling off our bed.

I'm very thankful this morning

Make Me Strong in Spirit

Make me strong in spirit,
Courageous in action,
Gentle of heart,

Let me act in wisdom,
Conquer my fear and doubt,
Discover my own hidden gifts,

Meet others with compassion,
Be a source of healing energies,
And face each day with hope and joy.
-- Abby Willowroot
justkimu: (Default)
In allowing the great mystery of "click here" to decide my prayer fate, I find myself in the strange hands of destiny.

Each prayer has been an enigma to me, but as the day goes on...I find the answer comes clearly to me. I'm keeping a private journal on these prayers, and may share them at a later time.

Todays prayer hit me like a gentle wind in the last days of Summer...

NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO.

- a literal translation -

"DEVOTION TO THE MYSTIC LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT THRU SOUND"

daimoku of the lotus sutra - nichiren daishonin buddhism
~*~

Loads of love to you! :)
justkimu: (om and flags)
Today's prayers are:

What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us, who can be against us?

bible - romans 8:31


and

If you hurt an innocent person, then you are only hurting yourself, just as dust thrown into a wind is blown back in your face.
- Buddha


and...from the song Belief by John Mayer (full lyrics here)
oh, everyone believes
in how they think it oughta be
oh, everyone believes
and they're not going easily

~*~
we're never gonna win the world
we're never gonna stop the war
we're never gonna beat this
if belief is what we're fighting for

is there anyone you can remember
ever surrender with their life on the line?




-------


Today's prayers are lifted up...offered to those who came before, and those who will come after.

I love you!

P.S. today is talk like a pirate day, so as I end my prayers I will say ARRRRRRRRRRRRmen. ;)
justkimu: (open minds eye)
I'm using different sources for prayers. Today I'm using World Prayers.

Here's todays prayer...
How do you say thank you to the men and women
who risked their lives, and lost their lives to secure our freedom,
our way of life, our peace and prosperity?

How do you say thank you to the men and women
who went through the most terrible experiences of their lives,
surrounded by death and carnage, losing friends and loved ones,
seeing things that would change their lives forever?

How do you say thank you to those who went through all this
with the belief that their one life, whether lost or saved,
could make a difference, had to make a difference, for our sake,
the generation they had not even met yet?

How do you say thank you to the men and women
who had faith in us before we were even born,
faith that we would become people worth fighting for,
and worth dying for?



How do you say thank you?

You honour their sacrifice with your own life.

You go to war against your faults and failures.

You conquer all the things inside you that make this world
a worse place to live in; worse for your family, friends, neighbours, co-workers.


You fight to make the small space in the world that you touch a better place.

You win the battle for your own soul.

You be good and do good; you live selflessly, remembering the example
that the veterans, both living and dead, laid down for us.

You live life so well that those who remember the horrors of war
look on you with satisfaction and pride and are comforted,
never feeling for a moment that you weren't worth the price they paid.

on remembrance day - kevin ranville - november 11, 2000

~*~

This is a very interesting prayer to start the challenge. It is sitting in my heart as a teacher.

Love you!
justkimu: (om and flags)
Yippee!

I like things like this.

In the old e-box:

"I challenge you to post a prayer each day and to share your experience with that prayer for 40 days."

Okay, anonymous poster person, I accept this challenge.

:)

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