HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL- Aug. 12, 2016-SOLITUDE
Compiled by Mercy Junction Council Member Sadie Morgan
Pray only in a room with windows.” — Babylonian Talmud, Berachot 34b
“Any place in which you pray is supposed to have at least one window with a clear pane of glass, with some way to see outsid … We become isolated. In our isolation, there is a tendency to be self-centered, pursuing only our self-interest.” (100 Blessings a Day, Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, page 300)
I think that’s the greatest danger of any spiritual practice – solitude, meditation, prayer. If we are just doing it to make ourselves feel better, perhaps we are missing the mark.
The real value of spiritual exercise is to condition and prepare us for the world beyond our prayer closet. If increased effectiveness in our families and communities is not the goal of our exercise, maybe we need to take an honest look at that. Maybe the reason our prayers seem to “bounce off the ceiling” is because of our motives. Years ago, such a self-examination showed me I was doing some wonderful things for some pretty rotten reasons – no wonder the results were not what I had hoped for!
Today’s Action: In your next opportunity for Solitude, does some inventory work about your motives and truest goals.
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