(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – one of my favorite locations for meditation in New Mexico – – the peaceful Rio Grande with the Sandia Mountains in the background)
Religion is not my cup of tea. But trying my best to become more spiritual is.
PUTTING OUR HANDS TOGETHER TO PRAY AND MEDITATE
by Norio Hayakawa:
We rarely put our hands together except when we clap or pray.
Clapping our hands repeatedly to express our heartfelt acknowledgement of someone’s performance or achievement is a universal gesture.
Clapping twice slowly in a Shinto shrine in Japan is a reverent gesture. They say it draws the attention of the higher power. It also expresses appreciation and joy for the higher power. And also by clapping, at the same time it wards off evil spirits. That’s what they say.
But here I would like to talk about reverently putting our hands together prayerfully and meditatively.
There is something positively symbolical and wonderful about putting both of our hands together in unity.
It’s a universal human gesture of reverence.
Each culture has a unique expression or a word to describe this gesture.
In Japan, the word is called “Gassho”.
“Gassho” is a beautiful gesture of Eastern origin, with hands pressed together in front of the chest.
It can be used for prayer or as a sign of greeting, gratitude, reverence or even apology.
(for example, the greeting “Namaste” in India).
Everyone prays and meditates in different ways.
Most people choose to pray in complete privacy. I like it that way.
It can be done in the privacy of your room or while in bed before you fall into sleep.
It can be done when you are alone on a mountaintop or a hilltop or in a quiet desert or in any beautiful, meditative spot of your choice.
I like to pray in privacy, putting my hands together in front of my chest. This is simply to express the unity of my body given to me by a higher power. It doesn’t have to be done this way. But we must allow our body to become a temple of God.
There are several ways of putting our hands together. Some people believe that Jesus prayed with his hands folded (although the Bible never mentioned it). I also like to pray this way, too. The Bible also mentions kneeling to pray or standing to pray.
Here is how I formulate my prayer: (the wording and the addressee can vary, depending on each person’s belief)
“I sincerely wish to receive your precious, positive and powerful healing energy into my body, mind and spirit.
I sincerely wish your precious, positive and powerful healing energy to abundantly flow and circulate within my body, from the crown of my head to the sole of my feet, from the left side of my body to the right side of my body and from the right side of my body to the left side and back to the right side.”
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