what prayer doesPosted: August 18, 2011
I've been reading the blog of the Velveteen Rabbi, Rachel Barenblat, for several years now. I've always enjoyed it, but never looked at it as a source for my book selections. But Rachel surprised me last week.
|I had thought that conquering the monkey mind and bringing myself into a conscious attentiveness were
prerequisites for prayer, but they are not: they are prayer's result. If I was restless,
dubious, and distracted whenever I'd try to pray, so what? Everyone is!
Rachel goes on to quote Braestrup:
|…what prayer, at its best and at our best, has always done — is help us to live consciously, honorably, and compassionately.|
I love it! I've downloaded the sample to my Kindle and am looking forward to reading the book.