Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Mindful Speech in 5771
On my to-do list during the High Holy Days is even more reflection and introspection, even more praying than usual. Somebody told me recently that the Dalai Lama prays for ten hours every day. Wow. Can you imagine?
When I pray, of course I am speaking to God, but prayer is also, for me, a way of processing the events of life, a way of understanding at the deepest level what is unfolding within and without. Prayer is cleansing, too, clears my heart in such a beautiful way. Prayer is SO intimate.
Initially I was thinking I would spend Yom Kippur in silence. Word fasts are quite humbling! Believe me, I always know the right thing to be saying. It's so hard to shut me up. I'm always amazed, at the conclusion of a word fast, that somehow the planet has continued to turn, life has gone on fine without my witty repartee. Hmmmm.
What I'm "hearing" of the divine wisdom, during prayer, is that the task of this year is all about saying MORE - not less - by choosing my words carefully. For 24 hours, I will stop and think before I speak, just to see what that's like. A nice challenge, eh? Have you ever tried? How embarrassing to admit I never have!
It's a formidable challenge, but as I've said, Yom Kippur is not for sissies. I can't wait!