When I read Haemin Sunim’s reflection on the Christian faith, I feel that this Koren Buddhist monk’s faith is deeper and more profound than some of the Christian authors and pastors. In his book, “The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down”, Haemin Sunim writes about prayer:
“We don’t receive more love from God by asking for it. Rather, we awaken to the truth that God has always loved us unconditionally…In the beginning, our prayer takes the shape of, ‘Please grant me this, please grant me that,’ and then develops into, ‘Thank you for everything,’ and then matures into, ‘I want to resemble you.’ Eventually it transcends language, and we pray with our whole being in sacred silence. As my prayer deepens, I hear more of His voice than my words. As my humility grows, I feel more of His love overflowing in my heart. As my mind quiets down, I sense more of His presence in every moment.”
I appreciate that Haemin Sunim has clearly shown us the different stages of our spirituality as we continue to seek and grow in prayer.
A book called “Children’s book of Classic Catholic Prayers” edited by Robert F. Morneau includes the following prayer called “Act Of Love”:
“My God, I love you above all things because you are all good. I love you as the creator of life, I love you as the one who has forgiven our sins and opened the gates of heaven. I love you as the Spirit whom you have sent among us to guide us in this world. Because of my love for you, I love my neighbor as myself. Amen.”
We are children of God, therefore, this prayer is also for us. Pray this prayer and grow daily in faith, hope, and love.
In her book, “small bites – mindfulness for everyday use”, Annabelle Zinser teaches us how we are going to let go:
“You can ask yourself, ‘can I truly open myself up to all the changes in this new situation?’ This can help you develop acceptance, equanimity, and curiosity. Once in an obituary I read a quote from the Sufi master Hazrat. It has accompanied me ever since: ‘When the roof over your head collapses, you can finally see the sky.’ This quote continues to help me let go and develop an unconditional acceptance toward what is and what will be. Practicing with the small things helped me to see that I am increasing my ability to rediscover the sky during the difficult times as well. ”
Annabelle suggests that:
“Breathing and walking meditation are also wonderful opportunities to practice letting go. You need to let go of your in-breath in order to fully experience your out-breath. And you need to let go of your out-breath in order to fully experience the next in-breath. you need to complete the step with the left leg in order to to step with the right leg.”
Before my breathing and walking meditation, I think about the things I need to let go just for that moment. Then I start my breathing and walking meditation. At the beginning, I experience the breath in & out, and the steps with the left leg and the right leg. Then, I “let all worries, problems, and plans drift by like clouds in a windy sky” when I breath in. I “gently give myself a hug and I am willing to let go” when I breath out. I start to see the sky as the clouds have been being drifted.
In her book, “Small Bites: Mindfulness for Everyday Use”, Annabelle Zinser wrote,
“How did you wake up this morning? And how did you handle those moments of awakening? Did you say, ‘How wonderful, it’s the beginning of a new day; I wonder what the day has in store for me. Can I embrace myself and all other beings who cross my path today with understanding, friendliness, and compassion’? Or did you say, ‘Oh no, yet another new day. When I start thinking about the upcoming day, it feels like way too much’?”
In addition to giving thanks to God for the morning, waking up and embracing each morning (and day) with wonder & compassion is the way of awakening.
The name of my channel is “Fr. Bill’s Spiritual”. Please stay tuned for more series. At this point, “Pray with Fr. Bill” has 2 prayers: confession and absolution.