Saturday, July 18, 2009
Our good friend, stratofrog, is a gifted photographer. And this photo of hers deserves a post all by itself. Today it serves to point us to the work of the honey bee. Look carefully on the flower... The bee is at work.
A long time ago men and women sought the honey of a life of prayer. They went off to the desert and lived as hermits or in small colonies. Later they formed monasteries, based on a rule of life drawn up by St. Benedict. One of Benedict's aphorisms for how the monks should live was: Ora et Labora - which simply means an integrated life. A life of both work and prayer. For prayer, or meditation, you can substitute whatever you use to turn within, to penetrate the sacred in life. Stratofrog's photography, for example, is like a meditation on beauty, depth, poetry - in nature. And sharing that is like a prayer she's made on our behalf.
Every spiritual tradition I know of seems to have turned to poetry as a way of doing what stratofrog can do with a camera. The Vedas and the Upanishads. Buddhist Sutras. Hebrew Psalms. You can find these in every tradition. And many of them are now being put out on the internet, arranged in such a way that you can read small portions of prayer-poems on a daily basis.
On the right sidebar, there's a piece of ironwork I like. The image itself now links to a site which posts Psalms for various Hours of Prayer. You can pick a time of day and choose a psalm or two.
Or you can use the banner just below to go there right now:
Posted by TheraP at Saturday, July 18, 2009