August 23 2012
As flowers seek the sun, I listen every day
To hear the caring little whispers murmured everywhere –
Telling me of Love unlimited, unfailing, unrestrained;
I hear the message in the soft caressing summer breezes,
In the night cacophony of tree frogs and cicadas,
In the sibilance of lapping waves against the shore
And rustling leaves that live and dance in zephyr swirls.
I listen in my heart and hear the Love that sings to me
Its melody of blessings and of gentle smiles,
Its canticle of joy and opportunity,
Its carol of abundance.
When I remember how to listen,
I am bathed in radiant Spirit warmth.
I become at one with All, and am enfolded
Into deepest peace and ecstasy.
This is a poem about prayer. Growing up, I always thought that prayer consisted of words — that prayer consisted of me talking. After learning and practicing meditation, I began to learn that prayer really happens when I consciously experience the Divine. Prayer is actually peace, love, bliss, peace. I’ve learned to listen within and around me, and to know that I am praying — an ecstatic experience.
- In a calm, natural place, relax into deep, slow breathing, and as you begin to expand into Spirit space, close your eyes and focus on listening to the sounds around you, all of which are whispers of the Divine, freely available to all who take the time to listen and appreciate. Feel the gratefulness that wells up in your heart.
- Hear Spirit’s answers to your dilemmas. Breathe slowly and deeply, relaxing gradually into the silence. Silently, in the space within, form a question that is on your mind. After asking the question, attune, in the silence, to the word that comes into your mind, or the feeling of turning toward or away that you feel in your body. Don’t answer or dialogue. Just stay attuned to your Inner Knowing which is the voice of Spirit.
- Feel your connection with other beings in the world. If you are blessed to have sleeping companions, two-legged or four-legged, lie quietly for a bit if you waken in the night or when you awake in the morning, and attune to the sounds of breathing nearby – the breath of Shared Life. Feel and appreciate the love that this proximity represents.
Rev. Rosemary C. Hyde is co-minister of Unity Center of Peace in Chapel Hill NC. As a minister, she focuses on spiritual counseling, life coaching, and holistic healing. In addition to being an Interfaith Minister, she is a trained Pastoral Counselor and a Certified Classical Homeopath.