Tuesday, May 10, 2016



+ Three quotes on Devotion and Prayer by Joseph Naft:
·         Prayer is the heart of the spiritual path. When you ponder why this universe exists, you might speculate that the Creator needs beings who can pray, that in prayer a necessary exchange of energies and will flows between the created and the Creator. Prayer engenders a dialogue between an individual or a group and the Divine, ultimately transforming into a monologue of God (through us) praying to God. The quality of this dialogue ranges enormously from the perfunctory blessing over food to the utter surrender of the saint in mystical union. Four factors determine the power of our prayer: the degrees of our faith, humility, awareness, and intention. Read more at http://www.innerfrontier.org/Practices/Prayer.htm

·         The spiritual paradigm of devotion is prayer, where devotion describes the inner attitude one adopts in a sincere act of worship. Though it waxes and wanes, in praying we seek moments of utter devotion to the sacred. That is a major part of the work of prayer: to unite the whole of ourselves, body, mind, heart, attention and intention, in complete devotion to the Divine. Read more at http://www.innerfrontier.org/InnerWork/Archive/2005/20051205_Devotion.htm

·         With our body we adopt a posture appropriate to the prayer. Our thoughts are the words, if any, of the prayer. Our mind stays in contact with the meaning of the prayer. Our heart fills with reverence, awe, supplication, joy, and love. Our attention encompasses and supports all these aspects. And our intention becomes the core act of devotion, of opening to the spirit beyond our heart and mind, in love and in service, in fulfilling our sacred duty to the Divine. Read more at http://www.innerfrontier.org/InnerWork/Archive/2005/20051205_Devotion.htm

+ I consider Inner Frontier one of the best discoveries I made in my quest for more spiritual resources for the past 15 years or so.  And, so, I end this exploration of the practice of Devotion with a little sampling of his wisdom.

Naft reminds us that Devotion and the Body are closely related.  This is holy work and physical work.  We will now move on to the practice of Holiness, the goal of the Journey of the Body.  Everything is holy.  You are holy.  Your body is holy. Let us continue to practice Solitude and Devotion appreciating that our holiness is awakened moment after moment in these holy practices.

+ Spirituality & Practice offers many resources on the spiritual practice of Devotion.  You can explore Devotion even more with this link to “Devotion” on their search engine. You will find 2153 items as of 4/26/16.  And, of course, there is a Twelves Gallery of Memes on Devotion.  The Body also gets a lot of attention from S&P as you can see if you go to this link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Devotion page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Devotion” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

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