Prayers, visioning, chanting — are they something? Part 1

Leigh just summed up everything that Bloggers for Peace is about. Yes, prayer is something. One could argue that it is everything. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

Not Just Sassy on the Inside

Back when we were gearing up for the Iraq War I was very excited when James Twyman put out the call for a million to participate in praying for peace.  I believe in the power of prayer and the collective power multiplied when people pray together so I thought it had a good shot.  We didn’t get called together more than a few times before the war started (and after that Twyman quit calling us to prayer and used the large list he’d garnered to market his products endlessly…).   I don’t know if others felt that prayer failed — I just felt we didn’t have enough time and/or enough people.

When the collective prayer stopped I started saying the lovingkindness chant every day for half an hour.  The chanting changed me–softened me, changed my attitude about the president and bin Laden.  I believe that when we each make those…

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10 comments on “Prayers, visioning, chanting — are they something? Part 1

  1. csroth3 says:

    I have had many practical results from prayer, but I find it helps to be very specific and that the prayer request is related to myself or someone I know personally. Prayer opens many paths for light and healing energy to come through, in oneself and in others, especially when focused in a specific way. It takes a lot of thought, energy and faith to stay focused and invest your heart in something that is not physical, so people mostly pray when they get desperate and have no other method of action. If we all realized, like Leigh, that prayer is doing something, we might see it making a bigger difference in our lives and in the world.

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Sound advice, CS. I have a feeling that if people start seeing even small results from prayer again, then the movement will snowball. Leigh is starting up a Sunday Prayer group. Let’s see what we can do to move the needle. {{{Hugs]}} Kozo

  2. yogaleigh says:

    Thanks so much for the reblog! You brought me a lot of new visitors and I so appreciate it.

  3. Summer says:

    Sweet you,

    I’ve an award for you, for the person who you are and the things you share with the world

    Thank you for that..

    Namasté, Summer

  4. BroadBlogs says:

    Inspiring post.

    Here’s what I added:

    I think prayer is something.

    But I also think we need to do some other things, too. Largely because I don’t think we can change other people’s wills. I think we need to persuade people, and feel prayer can help with understanding how to do that, in addition to creating positive energy in the universe.

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Agreed, Georgia. But I would add that persuasion happens in many different ways. I feel like I persuade my sons to be more mindful whenever they know that I am meditating.
      “Always preach the gospel. When necessary use words.” St. Francis de Assisi.
      {{{hugs]}} Kozo

  5. Geo Sans says:

    martin luther king

    mahatma gandhi


    non-violence presence

    in the streets

    marching for peace


    single drops of water

    will even


    shape a rock

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