From Rachel Naomi Remen, MD - Kitchen Table Wisdom
"Prayer is not a way to get what we want.
Prayer may be less about asking for the things we are attached to than it is about relinquishing our attachments.
It can take us beyond fear, which is an attachment, and beyond hope, which is another form of attachment.
It can help us remember the nature of the world and the nature of life, not on an intellectual level but in a deep and experiential way.
When we pray, we don't change the world, we change ourselves.
We change our consciousness.
We move from an individual, isolated making-things-happen kind of consciousness to connection on the deepest level with the largest possible reality.
Turning towards prayer is a release from the arrogance and vulnerability of individual causality.
When we pray, we stop trying to control life and remember that we belong to life.
It is an opportunity to experience humility and grace.
Prayer is a movement from mastery to mystery.
As a human being, I can never hope to have the depth and breadth of perspective to know whether any of my actions will ultimately harm or heal.
Yet I hope that I may be used to serve a holy purpose without ever knowing.
Perhaps there is only one prayer: "In this moment, I am here. Use me."
May You All Have A Happy Healthy New Year!