Mandala translated means “circle.” It represents wholeness and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself — a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. The mandala is primarily used as a form of meditation and prayer to gain knowledge from within.
Listening prayer invites us to listen with our whole being. Holy listening involves all our senses and calls us to be mindful and aware of God’s presence wherever we may be.
Personalizing a Psalm can feel strange at first. I felt a bit inadequate when thinking of placing my own words into scripture. Wasn’t the Psalm fine as it was? But as I started personalizing the Psalm, the benefit became apparent. Reflected in the words was my immediate yearning, hurt, or joy. The prayer changed as my days changed! I also became aware of how the word I used to describe God reflected my relationship with God, my need of God, on that day, at that time.
Each week during the season of Lent, Reah Ministry will post a video inviting you to experience a different way of prayer. The recordings were made in conjunction with Spring Creek United Methodist Church. Each Sunday we will post a new video. Enjoy this introduction by Rev. Becky Hamann.