Where do you find God in the ordinary?
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So … the other thing I think I’d like to say about prayer is I think, in and of its essence, it’s something that we can do all the time. I don’t think prayer has… And I say this a lot to people that I see in direction, because they say, “I don’t have time to pray,” which I can understand. That makes perfect sense to me when very busy people say they don’t have time to pray. And prayer is something I think that can be practiced as long as we practice awareness. As long as we practice awareness of the presence that is present to us at all times and in all places and in all situations, we can pray continuously. Prayer doesn’t have to be – it doesn’t always have to take the form of sitting on a cushion in a quiet space facing a wall. Or it doesn’t always have to take the – doesn’t always have to have it happen in the context of choral prayer in chapel (as much as I love that kind of prayer also). It’s something that can happen at every moment, if we put intentionality behind the moment.
So as long as we are aware, we can be praying. Somebody said every time we encounter another being, whether it’s a cat or a dog or a bird or a human being, that can call to mind the presence, because it’s a being, it’s another being. It’s something that exists complete, separate, and whole, apart from me or anything that I had to with it – just pure gift of presence to me.
-Br. Robert L’Esperance