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Monk in the World Prayer Cycle: Day 3 - Morning Prayer
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A Love Note from Your Online Abbess

Dearest monks, artists, and pilgrims,
 
We continue our exploration of the Monk in the World Prayer Cycle Video Podcasts with morning and evening prayer for Day 3: Community. The reflection below comes from my new book Breath Prayer: An Ancient Practice for the Everyday Sacred which was released in the US and Canada on Oct 12th. 
 
I see you with love
gifted, cherished.
Grateful
for who you are. 
 
How often do we really see another person as the beautiful gift they are? Perhaps this happens sometimes with those we love, where we are caught in a moment of grace and see them in all their wondrousness and you feel full of gratitude for their presence in your life. 
 
Maybe you have a moment where your eyes meet and you hold each other’s gaze for a few breaths as an act of seeing each other with love. 
 
When I work with individuals in spiritual direction, I actively try to see them through God’s eyes and knowing how deeply loved they are. I try to bring that loving presence into our time together. 
 
We can intentionally bring this gaze of love to others. You can practice this with a beloved one or very dear and close friend. You might try setting a timer for one minute and just sit together, eyes softly receiving each other while breathing together and praying quietly in our hearts. 
 
Breathe in: I see you with love
Breathe out: gifted, cherished.
Breathe in: Grateful
Breathe out: for who you are. 
 
This can be a very intimate and vulnerable moment because we so rarely spend this kind of time simply looking at another person with love and care. 
 
We can also bring this practice out into the world. How often do we really see another person beneath their role, under our expectations? What if we paused at the grocery store and for a moment brought eyes of love to the stock clerk or the cashier. They don’t have to know what you’re doing. You don’t have to stare, just take in their image, then close your eyes for a moment, breathe, and bathe them with love. Pause and see the other person as beloved and beautiful as they indeed truly are.
 
We do not want to violate their personal space by holding an uncomfortable gaze, but we can have an encounter with them and then pause afterward to hold them with love in our imagination while repeating the breath prayer through a few times. 
 
This can be such a beautiful way to really start to see people who are often invisible to us. We can see them as gifts to the world. We can cultivate a deeper kindness within ourselves too as we begin to widen our appreciation for others.

 Join us for the virtual Breath Prayer book launch on Monday, October 25th. We are also offering an Advent Companion Retreat to the book. 

With great and growing love,

Christine 

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE

Upcoming Programs: Please join us! 


Friday, October 22nd: Native Book Club Community Conversation with Christine Valters Paintner and Claudia Love Mair (This Friday!)

Monday, October 25thBreath Prayer Virtual Book Launch! With Christine Valters Paintner, Simon de Voil, and Jamie Marich

Wednesday, October 27th Yoga with Melinda – Samhain

Saturday, October 30thWriting with the Ancestors with Christine Valters Paintner 

Monday, November 1stContemplative Prayer Service: Honoring Ancestors with Christine Valters Paintner and Simon de Voil

Saturday, November 6thSufi Mystical Poetry with Imam Jahmal Rahman
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Dancing Monk Icon Cards – New larger sets available!


Each set of the Dancing Monk Icon Cards features 32 full-color depictions of beloved saints and mystics through the ages by artist Marcy Hall of Rabbit Room Arts. From Hildegard of Bingen and Francis of Assisi to Celtic saints like Brigid of Kildare and Patrick of Armagh, as well as more modern figures such as Howard Thurman and Rainer Maria Rilke, the images are delightful windows into the spark of creative joy elicited by each holy man or woman. The set includes a booklet with a brief reflection on each person and one or two questions for personal reflection. Comes in a custom box to store away. Perfect for keeping in your prayer corner, bringing on retreat, or giving as a gift. The cards are 3.5 x 5.75 inches in size.
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Monk in the World Guest Post: Kristine Schnarr

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission to the Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for Kristine Schnarr’s reflection on the labyrinth. 

During the majority of my 71 years on this beautiful earth, I have lived in the suburbs of various sprawling cities around the United States. However, born in Chicago, I am very much a city-girl at heart. I am also very much an introvert and very much a contemplative. Over the years, I have always gravitated towards places and spaces, that offer opportunities for quiet prayer and contemplation in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life.

I actually do not remember my very first labyrinth experience. I’m not sure where or when it was. If I had to guess, I would say maybe 25 years ago at a women’s retreat somewhere. Conversely, I will never forget the first time I met My Labyrinth. My Labyrinth and I met the first week of March, 2014

Read the rest of Kristine's reflection

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