Farfalla – Butterfly – Haiku


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   Farfalla       
 
Farfalla dai luminosi colori
eri dal buio avvolta
ripiegata e sola.
Ma ecco che ora voli.
La Luce ti ha cercata
e nuova vita ti vibra
nelle ali.
Tra eterei viaggi
e colori  nuovi
la speranza
mai abbandoni.
Luce è amore
che ti accarezza il cuore.
Volo è il gioioso canto
di chi si vuol donare.
Farfalla dai colori accesi
vola e non ti fermare.

 10.11.2001 Poetyca

Butterfly
 
Butterfly with bright colors
were enveloped by darkness
folded and alone.
But here now flights.
The Light you sought
and new life will vibrate
in the wings.
Among ethereal travel
and new colors
hope
never leave.
Light is love
that caresses the heart.
Flight is the joyful song
of those who want to donate.
Butterfly with bright colors
flies and do not stop.

  10.11.2001 Poetyca

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sandroremiddi6

 

Così come cresce dentro
un fiore
così una luce cosciente,
silenziosamente presente
declina le nuove favole
come un solfeggio
di anime
negli accordi di sensazioni
pronte a trasformare
un muto tappeto di neve.

Sandro Remiddi

As well as increases in
a flower
as a conscious light,
this quietly
accept new stories
as a solfege
anime
agreements of sensations
ready to transform
a silent carpet of snow.

Sandro Remiddi

Coraggio e amore – Courage and love – Kahlil Gibran


Coraggio e amore

Dammi il supremo coraggio dell’Amore :

Questa è la mia preghiera,

Il coraggio di parlare,

Di agire, di soffrire,

Di lasciare tutte le cose, o di essere lasciato solo.

Temperami con incarichi rischiosi, onorami con il dolore,

E aiutami ad alzarmi ogni volta che cadrò.

Dammi la suprema certezza nell’Amore, e dell’Amore,

Questa è la mia preghiera,

La certezza che appartiene

Alla vita nella morte,

Alla vittoria nella sconfitta,

Alla potenza nascosta nella più fragile bellezza,

A quella dignità nel dolore, che accetta l’offesa,

Ma disdegna di ripagarla

Con l’offesa.

Dammi la forza di Amare sempre e ad ogni costo.

Kahlil Gibran

Il coraggio di vivere coscientemente

Che cos’è il coraggio?

Il coraggio non è l’assenza di paura, ma piuttosto sapere che qualcos’altro è più importante della paura.

– Ambrose Redmoon

Il coraggio è resistenza alla paura, la padronanza della paura – non assenza di paura.

– Mark Twain

Il coraggio è essere spaventati a morte, ma procedere lo stesso.

– John Wayne

Elevare la propria coscienza

La vita si restringe o si espande in proporzione al proprio coraggio.

– Anais Nin

Il coraggio è il prezzo che la vita esige per la concessione di pace.

– Amelia Earhart

Spostarsi dalla paura alla azione, anche se si prevede di fallire

Quando passi risoluto dal giovane fino al bullo grande, il mondo, lo prendi

con coraggio per la barba, egli è spesso sorpreso di trovarci fuori in mano, e che era solo legata allo spaventare gli avventurieri timido.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

La maggior parte dei nostri ostacoli si scioglierebbe subito se, invece di rannicchiarci davanti a loro, dobbiamo fare camminare la nostra mente con coraggio attraverso di loro.

– Orison Marden Swett

Coraggio e perseveranza hanno un talismano magico, prima che le difficoltà scompaiono e gli ostacoli svaniscono nell’aria.

– John Quincy Adams

La paura non è il tuo nemico. E ‘una bussola che indica le aree di cui si ha bisogno per crescere. Così quando incontri una nuova paura dentro di te, celebrala come occasione di crescita, proprio come si celebra il raggiungimento di un nuovo traguardo per migliorare la forza personale

Intravedere tua grandezza

Ogni individuo ha talento. Ciò che è raro è il coraggio di seguire il talento nel luogo oscuro dove ci porta.

– Erica Jong

Il più alto è il coraggio di osare per sembrare ciò che si è.

– John Lancaster Spalding

Qualunque cosa tu faccia, ci vuole coraggio. Qualunque percorso si decide, c’è sempre qualcuno a dirvi che vi sbagliate. Ci sono sempre delle difficoltà derivanti che invitano a credere le critiche giuste. Per tracciare un percorso di azione e di seguirle sino in fondo richiede un po ‘dello stesso coraggio di cui un soldato ha bisogno. La pace ha le sue vittorie, ma ci vogliono uomini e donne coraggiosi per vincere loro.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quindi, che cosa fate con il vostro coraggio di nuova concezione? Dove lo conduce? La risposta è che vi permetterà di condurre una ben più appagante vita piena di significato. Si comincerà a vivere come un essere umano audace invece di un topo timido. Potrete scoprire e sviluppare il vostro più grande talento. Potrete cominciare a vivere molto più consapevolmente e deliberatamente di quanto abbiate mai fatto prima. Invece di reagire agli eventi, è in modo proattivo fabbricando i tuoi eventi.

Il coraggio è qualcosa che si può solo veramente sperimentare. E ‘una vittoria privata, e no pubblica. Iniziando con il coraggio di ascoltare il vostro più intimo desiderio non è un’attività di gruppo e non il risultato di un consenso con gli altri. Kahlil Gibran scrive in Il Profeta, “La visione di un uomo non presta le proprie ali a un altro uomo”. Lo scopo della tua esistenza è solo vostra, da scoprire. Nessuno sulla terra ha vissuto attraverso le esperienze esattamente le stesse che hai, e nessuno pensa che i pensieri facciano esattamente lo stesso.

Da un lato, questa è una realizzazione solitaria. Sia che si viva da soli o si goda della più profonda intimità con un partner amoroso, in fondo devi ancora affrontare la realtà che la tua vita è tua solo per viverla. Si può scegliere di cedere temporaneamente il controllo della tua vita agli altri, sia che si tratti di una società, un coniuge, o semplicemente per le pressioni della vita quotidiana, ma non si può mai dare via la propria responsabilità personale per i risultati. Sia che si assuma il controllo diretto e consapevole sulla propria vita o semplicemente si reagisca agli eventi mentre accadono a te, e tu da solo devi sopportarne le conseguenze.

Se ci si impegnano a seguire il percorso del coraggio, alla fine si sarà costretto a confrontarsi con quella che è forse la paura più grande di tutti – che è molto più potente e capaci di quanto inizialmente ci si renda conto, che il tuo ultimo potenziale è di gran lunga superiore a qualsiasi cosa mai vissuta in passato, e che con questa potenza si ha una responsabilità tremenda. Potresti non essere in grado di risolvere tutti i mali di questo pianeta, ma se mai volessi impegnarti personalmente al 100% per la realizzazione del tuo vero potenziale, si possono influenzare notevolmente la vita di molte persone, e l’ impatto avrà ondulazioni attraverso il futuro per le generazioni a venire.

Abbracciare l’avventura del dare

Prima di intraprendere qualsiasi percorso porsi la domanda: Questa strada ha un cuore? Se la risposta è no, lo saprete e quindi è necessario scegliere un altro percorso. Il guaio è che nessuno si pone la domanda. E quando un uomo si rende conto finalmente di aver preso un sentiero senza un cuore il percorso è pronto a ucciderlo.

– Carlos Castaneda

Tanto più profondo è il dolore che incide il vostro essere, tanta più gioia potrete contenere. Non è il calice che contiene il vostro vino la coppa stessa che era stata bruciata nel forno del vasaio? E non è il liuto che rasserena il vostro spirito, lo stesso legno scavato dal coltello?

– Kahlil Gibran

Razze inazione dubbi e paure. Azione razze fiducia e coraggio. Se si vuole vincere la paura, non ti sedere a casa e pensare. Vai fuori e datti da fare.

– Dale Carnegie

Come si sviluppa un senso del vostro vero scopo nella vita, si può cominciare a sentirsi a disagio uno scollamento tra la vostra situazione di vita attuale e quella che immaginate Questi due mondi possono sembrare così diversi da voi che non si può concepire mentalmente di come costruire un ponte tra di loro. Come si può bilanciare la realtà pratica di prendersi cura dei vostri obblighi di terza dimensione come guadagnare denaro per pagare le bollette e le tasse far piacere al vostro capo, mantenere la tua famiglia e relazioni sociali con persone che non possono riferirsi anche a quello che si riscontra come nuova visione di se stessi nel disperato desiderio di muoversi verso.una miriade di nuove paure che possono sorgere correlate a questo cambiamento apparentemente impossibile. Come si gestisce? Che ne sarà dei vostri rapporti? Stai deludendo te stesso?

Tratto e tradotto da : http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Courage-to-Live-Consciously&id=98627

Courage and love

Give me the supreme courage of Love:

This is my prayer;

Courage to speak, to act, to suffer.

Strengthen me with perilous tasks,

Honor me with pain,

And help me to stand each time I fall!

Give me the supreme certainty with love,

And of love – this is my prayer,

Certainty which belongs to life in death,

To victory in defeat,

To such dignity in pain,

Which can accept an offence,

But refuses to give an offence in return.

Kahlil Gibran

The Courage to Live consciously

What Is Courage?

Courage Is Not The Absence Of Fear, But Rather The Judgement That something else is more important Than fear.

– Ambrose Redmoon

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not fear of Absence.

– Mark Twain

Courage Is Being Scared to Death, But saddling up anyway.

– John Wayne

Raise Your Consciousness

Life Shrinks or expands in Proportion to one’s courage.

– Anais Nin

That Courage is the price Life exacts for granting peace.

– Amelia Earhart

Move From Fear to Action, Even if You Expect to Fail

When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and boldly by the beard Takes HIM, Often he is surprised to find it comes off in His hand, and That It Was Only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of Our Would Obstacles melt away if, INSTEAD OF cowering before Them, We Should Our make up minds to walk boldly through Them.

– Orison Swett Marden

Courage and perseverance Have a magical talisman, before Which Difficulties Disappear and Obstacles Vanish into air.

– John Quincy Adams

Fear is not your enemy. It is a compass pointing you to the Areas Where You need to grow. So When you encounter a new fear Within yourself, celebrate it as an opportunity for growth, just as you celebrated Would Reaching a new personal best with strength training.

Catch a Glimpse of Your Own Greatness

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place Where It Leads.

– Erica Jong

The Highest is to give courage to appear to be what one is.

– John Lancaster Spalding

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you That you are wrong. There are always Difficulties Arising That tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end Requires Some Of The Same That courage a soldier needs. Peace has ITS victories, But It Takes brave men and women to Win Them.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

So what do you do with your newly Developed courage? Where will it lead you? The answer Is that it will permit you to lead to a more fulfilling and Meaningful Life. You will truly begin living as a human being daring INSTEAD of a timid mouse. You will uncover and Develop your greatest talents. You will begin to living more consciously and Deliberately Than You Ever Have Before. Instead of Reacting to events, you will proactively manufacture your own events.

Courage is something you can only truly experience alone. It is a private victory, not a public one. Summoning the courage to listen to your innermost Desires is not a group activity and does not result from building a consensus with others. Kahlil Gibran writes in The Prophet, “The vision of one man lends not ITS wings to Another Man.” The purpose of your Existence is yours alone to discover. No one on earth has lived through the exact examination Experiences you have, and no one Thinks the Same exact thoughts you do.

On the one hand, this is a lonely realization. Whether you live alone or enjoy the Deepest intimacy with a loving partner, deep down you still must face the reality That your life is yours alone to live. You can choose to Temporarily yield control of your life to others, Whether it be to a company, a spouse, or Simply to the Pressures of daily living, But You can never give away your personal responsibility for the results. Whether you take direct and conscious control over your life or Merely As They react to events happen to you, you and you alone must bear the consequences.

If you commit to Following the path of courage, Ultimately you will be forced to confront what is Perhaps the greatest fear of all – That You Are Far More Powerful Than You Initially Realized and capable, That is your ultimate potential to Greater Than anything you ‘ you experienced in your past, and That with this power comes tremendous responsibility. You May Not Be Able to solve all the Woes of this planet, But if you ever do commit yourself 100% to the fulfillment of your true potential, you can Significantly Impact the lives of many people, and That impact will ripple through the future for Generations to Come.

Embrace the Daring Adventure

Before you embark on Any path ask the question, does this path Have a heart? If the answer is no, you will know it and then you must Choose another path. The trouble is nobody That Asks the question. And When a man finally realizes That he has taken a path without a heart the path is ready to kill HIM.

– Carlos Castaneda

The Deeper sorrow That Carves Into Your Being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup That Holds your wine the very cup That Was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute That soothes your spirit, the very wood That Was hollowed with knives?

– Kahlil Gibran

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If You Want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

– Dale Carnegie

As You Develop a sense of your true purpose in life, May you begin to feel an uneasy disconnect Between your current life situation and the one you envision moving Towards. These two worlds May Seem So Different to you That you can not mentally conceive of how to build a bridge Between Them. How can you balance the Practical reality of taking care of your third-dimensional Obligations like earning money to pay your bills and taxes, pleasing your boss, raising your family, and Maintaining social relationships with people who can not even Relate to what you ‘ King vs experiencing. the new vision of yourself you desperately Want to Move Towards. A whole host of new Fears May crop up related to this seemingly impossible shift. How will you support yourself? What Will Become of your relationships? Are you just deluding yourself?

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Attraverso la notte – Through the night


Attraverso la notte

In un quadro
già dipinto
cercavo i miei colori.

Nelle pieghe della mano
già scritto
il mio destino.

Nessuno
ci guardava
nessuno
conosceva.

Osservandomi
in fondo agli occhi
ci vedevo
stelle
ci vedevo
cielo.

Nei sospiri
della notte
avanzava
il mio respiro.

Forse sale,
forse amarezze
ma la voglia di cambiare.

Da uno spiraglio
aperto appena:
luce avvolta
nel mio
cuore.

28.04.2002 Poetyca

Through the night

In a framework
already painted
I tried my colors.

In the folds of the hand
already written
my destiny.

None
we looked
none
knew.

Watching me
in his eyes
I could see
stars
I could see
sky.

In sighs
night
advanced
my breath.

Maybe salt,
perhaps bitterness
but the desire to change.

From a window
just opened:
light wound
in my
heart.

28.04.2002 Poetyca

Gli occhi al cielo


Gli occhi al cielo

Povero cuore
che cerchi percorsi
vorresti voci vicine
ed il deserto attraversi
tra sospiri infiniti
che al vento
si affidano ad occhi socchiusi
Uomo che navighi la vita
e ti areni su remote scogliere
in cerca di un faro
che indichi il luogo
dove aprire il pugno
rimasto a lungo chiuso
a trattenere lacrime e sale
– Tu non temere –
ed ascolta la guida leggera
che divien brezza nelle notti di luna
e raccoglie i sospiri di vento
asciuga in carezza lacrime
sospinge in palpiti il cuore
se soltanto volgessi gli occhi al cielo

24.08.2003 Poetyca


Eyes to the sky

Poor heart
you’re looking for paths
would like to close items
and the desert crossing
between endless sighs
that the wind
rely on squinting
Man surfing life
and you stranded on remote reefs
in search of a lighthouse
indicating the place
where open fist
long been closed
to hold back tears and halls
– You do not worry –
and listen to the guide light
which becomes a breeze in the moon
and collects the sighs of wind
dries tears caress
drives in beating heart
if only he turned his eyes to heaven

24.08.2003 Poetyca

Attimi – moments


purezza della vita

Attimi

Intessuti d’invisibili fili
pensieri raccolgono il tempo
riprendono il percorso a ritroso
e sospiri d’infinito
per quel che è stato
e non trattieni più

Momenti dipinti
sulla tela del silenzio
mentre lacrime
scorrono piano
come la rugiada
sui petali di una rosa

Tutto è vissuto
e non lo puoi rubare
ma è nella ricchezza
d’ogni emozione
la capacità
di essere ancora

13.04.2004 Poetyca

Moments

Interwoven threads of invisible
Time collect thoughts
take the path back
and sighs of infinity
as was
Hold and more

Moments paintings
on the canvas of silence
while tears
glide plane
as the dew
on the petals of a rose

All lived
and you can not steal
but it’s in the richness
every emotion
capacity
to be still

13.04.2004 Poetyca

Tu sei – You are


Tu sei

Tu sei
quella stella ad oriente
che guarda paziente
tra le pieghe della notte

Tu sei
raggio di sole
che solleva
la polvere nascosta
tra venature di vita

Tu sei
sogno reale
vittorioso e vero
dove tutto è impastato
con false parole

Tu sei
il giorno che arriva
dopo questo buio
in sospiri d’attesa
che restituisce senso
alla speranza mai sopita

Tu sei
carezza di cielo
immagine viva
che mostra il suo volto
tra le pieghe di quest’anima
che non ha smesso mai
di credere a quello che sei

12.07.2011 Poetyca

You are

You are
that star in the east
watching patient
between the folds of the night

You are
sunbeam
that raises
dust hidden
between the veins of life

You are
real dream
victorious and true
where all is mixed
with false words

You are
the day that rises
after this dark
waiting in sighs
that returns sense
to hope never appeased

You are
caress of heaven
living image
that shows its face
between the folds of this soul
that has never stopped
to believe what you are

12.07.2011 Poetyca

Sospiri – Sighing


seme

Sospiri

Ali d’Angelo
carezze di cielo
per distillare colore
tra volti spenti e lacrime
Sogni e vita da regalare
a chi sospira nella polvere

20.02.2016 Poetyca

Sighing

Angel wings
caresses the sky
to distill color
off between faces and tears
Dreams and life as a gift
who sighs in the dust

20/02/2016 Poetyca

Essenza – Essence – Haiku


🌸Essenza🌸

La vita dona
ciò che la morte stringe
come tesoro

© Poetyca
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🌸Essence

Life gives
what death holds
as a treasure

© Poetyca

Preghiera – Prayer


Preghiera

« Il pregare è nella religione ciò che il pensiero è nella filosofia. Il senso religioso prega come l’organo del pensiero pensa »

Novalis
La preghiera è una delle pratiche comuni a tutte le religioni. Essa consiste nel rivolgersi alla dimensione del sacro con la parola o con il pensiero; gli scopi della preghiera possono essere molteplici: invocare, chiedere un aiuto, lodare, ringraziare, santificare, o esprimere devozione o abbandono. La preghiera è solitamente considerata come il momento in cui l’uomo ‘parla’ al sacro, mentre la fase inversa è la meditazione, durante la quale è il sacro che ‘parla’ all’uomo.
La preghiera può essere personale, oppure liturgica; solitamente questa seconda forma si ritrova come preghiera scritta (o comunque tramandata in qualche modo). Una delle forme di preghiera più diffuse è il canto devozionale.
Secondo la dottrina cattolica, quando l’uomo prega si eleva a Dio in modo cosciente. Il “tappeto di preghiera” è un piccolo tappeto che i musulmani usano per inginocchiarsi durante le preghiere giornaliere.
Forme di preghiera pubblica
Nell’ebraismo sono previsti per gli uomini tre preghiere nei giorni feriali, in ricordo dei sacrifici di animali e vegetali che venivano praticati nel Santuario: l’Arvith, Shachrith e Minchah. Le preghiere sono quattro il sabato e altri giorni particolari (5 volte per Yom Kippur). L’ordine delle preghiere si trova nel Siddur, il tradizionale libro delle preghiere ebraico. Sebbene la preghiera individuale sia valida, pregare con un minyan (numero minimo di dieci maschi adulti) è considerato ideale. Molte sinagoghe hanno un hazzan, cioè un cantore che guida la preghiera della comunità.
Nel Cristianesimo la forma classica e più antica di preghiera pubblica sono le ore canoniche, cioè momenti fissi durante la giornata in cui vengono recitati (o cantati) dei salmi più altre preghiere, dalla bibbia o composte dalle Chiese, oltre a inni e intercessioni. Di origine antichissima (la struttura è stata ereditata dalla preghiera ebraica sinagogale e del Tempio di Gerusalemme), le ore canoniche ebbero particolare rilievo nelle comunità monastiche come ufficio corale.
Nell’Islam la preghiera canonica è chiamata ṣalāt, prescritta 5 volte al giorno, in forma singola o collettiva, anche se sono previste e consigliate altre preghiere volontarie.
Forme di preghiera privata
Nelle devozioni private esistono vari tipi di preghiere, che hanno un unico fine: elevare l’anima a Dio. Elevare l’anima a Dio è infatti la definizione ufficiale della preghiera così come riportato dal Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica.
In realtà, come dice la Bibbia (Sap 1,7 e At 17,28), noi già viviamo ed esistiamo dentro Dio; come pure affermano alcune tradizioni religiose antiche dei popoli asiatici e americani. Essendo però Dio di natura trascendente e spirituale, la sua presenza non appare sempre immediatamente percepibile ed evidente. Ecco perché è necessario elevare l’anima a Dio, cioè compiere un atto di volontà (la volontà è una delle tre potenze dell’anima insieme alla memoria e all’intelletto) che ci rende più attenti, più sensibili, più partecipi di questa presenza che è sempre e ovunque. I modi di muovere la volontà e dunque l’anima a questa consapevolezza e a questa comunione sono molti e diversi. La tradizione cattolica ne enumera svariate decine che sono state ispirate dai santi nel corso dei secoli passati e che hanno trovato una eco più o meno duratura e diffusa, in funzione della semplicità, della praticità e della bellezza delle stesse modalità di preghiera.
Tra le forme private di preghiera più diffuse dalla tradizione cristiana troviamo:
la preghiera biblica (che utilizza direttamente le parole della Sacra Scrittura oppure che parte dalla lettura della Bibbia per poi aprirsi al colloquio personale con Dio, come fa la lectio divina);
il colloquio personale con Dio (che l’uomo può vivere in qualunque tempo e luogo);
il Santo Rosario (una forma devozionale nata nel Medioevo e diffusa oggi in tutti i popoli cattolici);
il culto delle immagini (fondato sul fatto che l’immagine sacra subito richiama alla mente la persona divina rappresentata e diffuso, oltre che nelle chiese, specialmente nei luoghi dove le chiese e i luoghi di culto pubblico sono lontani); tale culto non è accettato dal Protestantesimo;
la via crucis (devozione nata nel Medioevo e diffusa nel XVII secolo da san Leonardo da Porto Maurizio);
la vigilanza (cioè l’atteggiamento interiore dell’uomo che vigila sui suoi pensieri, discernendo quelli buoni da quelli malvagi per coltivare quelli buoni e rinnegare, dissolvere, dimenticare quelli malvagi);
la ripetizione (cioè l’atto della volontà che dà inizio ad un ciclo ripetitivo di brevi invocazioni o preghiere ben conosciute, che l’uomo ripete dentro di sé fino a formare un tappeto morbido e robusto sul quale l’anima si stende e si rilassa per poi entrare nella contemplazione);
la contemplazione (è la forma di preghiera considerata più santa, in quanto comunione stessa con il Santo, essendo stata definita dall’uomo la santità come la natura stessa di Dio; la contemplazione è la presenza viva di Dio nell’uomo che ispira direttamente pensieri, parole, immagini, azioni, per cui nella contemplazione l’uomo vede ciò che Dio vede, sente ciò che Dio sente, fa ciò che Dio fa);
la meditazione (è il fluire o il sorgere di pensieri che vengono suggeriti, stimolati, ispirati dalle fonti più diverse: ricordi, incontri, discorsi, letture, fatti, immagini, simboli, etc. Essendo immenso il bacino di spunti per la meditazione, essa è probabilmente la forma di orazione più praticata di ogni tempo).
Bibliografia
Jörg Zink, Come pregare, Claudiana, Torino 1988.
Giordano Berti, Preghiere di tutto il mondo, Vallardi, Milano 1999.
Gérald Messadié (a cura di), Il piccolo libro delle preghiere, Armenia, Milano 2003.
Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica (di cui la Parte Quarta è interamente dedicata alla preghiera)
Prayer
Prayer is a form of religious practice that seeks to activate a volitional rapport to God or spirit through deliberate practice. Prayer may be either individual or communal and take place in public or in private. It may involve the use of words or song. When language is used, prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation, formal creed, or a spontaneous utterance in the praying person. There are different forms of prayer such as petitionary prayer, prayers of supplication, thanksgiving, and worship/praise. Prayer may be directed towards a deity, spirit, deceased person, or lofty idea, for the purpose of worshipping, requesting guidance, requesting assistance, confessing sins or to express one’s thoughts and emotions. Thus, people pray for many reasons such as personal benefit or for the sake of others.
Most major religions involve prayer in one way or another. Some ritualize the act of prayer, requiring a strict sequence of actions or placing a restriction on who is permitted to pray, while others teach that prayer may be practiced spontaneously by anyone at any time.
Scientific studies regarding the use of prayer have mostly concentrated on its effect on the healing of sick or injured people. The efficacy of petition in prayer for physical healing to a deity has been evaluated in numerous studies, with contradictory results There has been some criticism of the way the studies were conducted
Forms of prayer
Various spiritual traditions offer a wide variety of devotional acts. There are morning and evening prayers, graces said over meals, and reverent physical gestures. Some Christians bow their heads and fold their hands. Some Native Americans regard dancing as a form of prayer. Some Sufis whirl. Hindus chant mantras. Orthodox Jews sway their bodies back and forth[10] and Salah for Muslims (“kneel and prostrate as seen on the right”). Quakers keep silent. Some pray according to standardized rituals and liturgies, while others prefer extemporaneous prayers. Still others combine the two.
These methods show a variety of understandings to prayer, which are led by underlying beliefs.
These beliefs may be that
the finite can communicate with the infinite
the infinite is interested in communicating with the finite
prayer is intended to inculcate certain attitudes in the one who prays, rather than to influence the recipient
prayer is intended to train a person to focus on the recipient through philosophy and intellectual contemplation
prayer is intended to enable a person to gain a direct experience of the recipient
prayer is intended to affect the very fabric of reality as we perceive it
prayer is a catalyst for change in oneself and/or one’s circumstances, or likewise those of third party beneficiaries
the recipient desires and appreciates prayer
or any combination of these.[citation needed]
The act of prayer is attested in written sources as early as 5000 years ago. Some anthropologists, such as Sir Edward Burnett Tylor and Sir James George Frazer, believed that the earliest intelligent modern humans practiced something that we would recognize today as prayer.
Friedrich Heiler is often cited in Christian circles for his systematic Typology of Prayer which lists six types of prayer: primitive, ritual, Greek cultural, philosophical, mystical, and prophetic
The act of worship
Prayer has many different forms. Prayer may be done privately and individually, or it may be done corporately in the presence of fellow believers. Prayer can be incorporated into a daily “thought life”, in which one is in constant communication with a god. Some people pray throughout all that is happening during the day and seek guidance as the day progresses. This is actually regarded as a requirement in several Christian denominations,[15] although enforcement is not possible nor desirable. There can be many different answers to prayer, just as there are many ways to interpret an answer to a question, if there in fact comes an answer.[15] Some may experience audible, physical, or mental epiphanies. If indeed an answer comes, the time and place it comes is considered random. Some outward acts that sometimes accompany prayer are: anointing with oil;[16] ringing a bell;[17] burning incense or paper;[18] lighting a candle or candles;[19] facing a specific direction (i.e. towards Mecca[20] or the East); making the sign of the cross. One less noticeable act related to prayer is fasting.
A variety of body postures may be assumed, often with specific meaning (mainly respect or adoration) associated with them: standing; sitting; kneeling; prostrate on the floor; eyes opened; eyes closed; hands folded or clasped; hands upraised; holding hands with others; a laying on of hands and others. Prayers may be recited from memory, read from a book of prayers, or composed spontaneously as they are prayed. They may be said, chanted, or sung. They may be with musical accompaniment or not. There may be a time of outward silence while prayers are offered mentally. Often, there are prayers to fit specific occasions, such as the blessing of a meal, the birth or death of a loved one, other significant events in the life of a believer, or days of the year that have special religious significance. Details corresponding to specific traditions are outlined below.

Pre-Christian Europe

Etruscan, Greek, and Roman paganism
In the pre-Christian religions of Greeks and Romans (Ancient Greek religion, Roman religion), ceremonial prayer was highly formulaic and ritualized.[21][22] The Iguvine Tables contain a supplication that can be translated, “If anything was said improperly, if anything was done improperly, let it be as if it were done correctly.”
The formalism and formulaic nature of these prayers led them to be written down in language that may have only been partially understood by the writer, and our texts of these prayers may in fact be garbled. Prayers in Etruscan were used in the Roman world by augurs and other oracles long after Etruscan became a dead language. The Carmen Arvale and the Carmen Saliare are two specimens of partially preserved prayers that seem to have been unintelligible to their scribes, and whose language is full of archaisms and difficult passages.
Roman prayers and sacrifices were often envisioned as legal bargains between deity and worshipper. The Roman principle was expressed as do ut des: “I give, so that you may give.” Cato the Elder’s treatise on agriculture contains many examples of preserved traditional prayers; in one, a farmer addresses the unknown deity of a possibly sacred grove, and sacrifices a pig in order to placate the god or goddess of the place and beseech his or her permission to cut down some trees from the grove
Germanic paganism
An amount of accounts of prayers to the gods in Germanic paganism survived the process of Christianization, though only a single prayer has survived without the interjection of Christian references. This prayer is recorded in stanzas 2 and 3 of the poem Sigrdrífumál, compiled in the 13th century Poetic Edda from earlier traditional sources, where the valkyrie Sigrdrífa prays to the gods and the earth after being woken by the hero Sigurd.
A prayer to the bigger god Odin is mentioned in chapter 2 of the Völsunga saga where King Rerir prays for a child. His prayer is answered by Frigg, wife of Odin, who sends him an apple, which is dropped on his lap by Frigg’s servant in the form of a crow while Rerir is sitting on a mound. Rerir’s wife eats the apple and is then pregnant with the hero Völsung. In stanza 9 of the poem Oddrúnargrátr, a prayer is made to “kind wights, Frigg and Freyja, and many gods,” although since the poem is often considered one of the youngest poems in the Poetic Edda, the passage has been the matter of some debate.[26]
In chapter 21 of Jómsvíkinga saga, wishing to turn the tide of the Battle of Hjörungavágr, Haakon Sigurdsson eventually finds his prayers answered by the goddesses Þorgerðr Hölgabrúðr and Irpa (the first of the two described as Haakon’s patron goddess) who appear in the battle, kill many of the opposing fleet, and cause the remnants of their forces to flee. However, this depiction of a pagan prayer has been criticized as inaccurate due to the description of Haakon dropping to his knees.
The 11th century manuscript for the Anglo-Saxon charm Æcerbot presents what is thought to be an originally pagan prayer for the fertility of the speaker’s crops and land, though Christianization is apparent throughout the charm.[28] The 8th century Wessobrunn Prayer has been proposed as a Christianized pagan prayer and compared to the pagan Völuspá[29] and the Merseburg Incantations, the latter recorded in the 9th or 10th century but of much older traditional origins
Abrahamic religions
Bible
In the common Bible of the Abrahamic religions, various forms of prayer appear; the most common forms being petition, thanksgiving, and worship. The longest book in the Bible is the Book of Psalms, 150 religious songs which are often regarded as prayers. Other well-known Biblical prayers include the Song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-18), the Song of Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-10), and the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). But perhaps the best-known prayer in the Christian Bible is the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13; Luke 11:2-4).
See also: Tanakh, New Testament, Prayer in the Hebrew Bible, and Prayer in the New Testament
Judaism
Jews pray three times a day, with lengthier prayers on special days, such as the Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The siddur is the prayerbook used by Jews all over the world, containing a set order of daily prayers. Jewish prayer is usually described as having two aspects: kavanah (intention) and keva (the ritualistic, structured elements).
The most important Jewish prayers are the Shema Yisrael (“Hear O Israel”) and the Amidah (“the standing prayer”).
Communal prayer is preferred over solitary prayer, and a quorum of 10 adult males (a minyan) is considered by Orthodox Judaism a prerequisite for several communal prayers.
Rationalist approach to prayer
In this view, ultimate goal of prayer is to help train a person to focus on divinity through philosophy and intellectual contemplation. This approach was taken by Maimonides and the other medieval rationalists. One example of this approach to prayer is noted by Rabbi Steven Weil, who was appointed the Orthodox Union’s Executive-Vice President in 2009. He notes that the word “prayer” is a derivative of the Latin “precari”, which means “to beg”. The Hebrew equivalent “tefilah”, however, along with its root “pelel” or its reflexive “l’hitpallel”, means the act of self-analysis or self-evaluation. This approach is sometimes described as the person praying having a dialogue or conversation with God.
Educational approach to prayer
In this view, prayer is not a conversation. Rather, it is meant to inculcate certain attitudes in the one who prays, but not to influence. This has been the approach of Rabbenu Bachya, Yehuda Halevy, Joseph Albo, Samson Raphael Hirsch, and Joseph Dov Soloveitchik. This view is expressed by Rabbi Nosson Scherman in the overview to the Artscroll Siddur (p. XIII); note that Scherman goes on to also affirm the Kabbalistic view (see below).
Kabbalistic approach to prayer
Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) uses a series of kavanot, directions of intent, to specify the path the prayer ascends in the dialog with God, to increase its chances of being answered favorably. Kabbalists ascribe a higher meaning to the purpose of prayer, which is no less than affecting the very fabric of reality itself, restructuring and repairing the universe in a real fashion. In this view, every word of every prayer, and indeed, even every letter of every word, has a precise meaning and a precise effect. Prayers thus literally affect the mystical forces of the universe, and repair the fabric of creation.
Among Jews, this approach has been taken by the Chassidei Ashkenaz (German pietists of the Middle-Ages), the Arizal’s Kabbalist tradition, Ramchal, most of Hassidism, the Vilna Gaon, and Jacob Emden.
Christianity
Main articles: Prayer in Christianity and Christian worship
Christian prayers are quite varied. They can be completely spontaneous, or read entirely from a text, like the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. Probably the most common and universal prayer among Christians is the Lord’s Prayer, which according to the gospel accounts is how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. Some Protestant denominations choose not to recite the Lord’s Prayer or other rote prayers.
Christians generally pray to God or to the Father. Some Christians (e.g., Catholics, Orthodox) will also ask the righteous in heaven and “in Christ,” such as Virgin Mary or other saints to intercede by praying on their behalf (intercession of saints). Formulaic closures include “through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, through all the ages of ages,” and “in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
It is customary among Protestants to end prayers with “In Jesus’ name, Amen” or “In the name of Christ, Amen”[34] However, the most commonly used closure in Christianity is simply “Amen” (from a Hebrew adverb used as a statement of affirmation or agreement, usually translated as so be it).
There is also the form of prayer called hesychast which is a repetitious type of prayer for the purpose of meditation. In the Western or Latin Rite of Catholic Church, probably the most common is the Rosary; In the Eastern Church (the Eastern rites of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Church), the Jesus Prayer.
Roman Catholic tradition includes specific prayers and devotions as acts of reparation which do not involve a petition for a living or deceased beneficiary, but aim to repair the sins of others, e.g. for the repair of the sin of blasphemy performed by others
Pentecostalism
In Pentecostal congregations, prayer is often done by speaking in a foreign tongue, a practice now known as glossolalia.[36] Practitioners of Pentecostal glossolalia may claim that the languages they speak in prayer are real foreign languages, and that the ability to speak those languages spontaneously is a gift of the Holy Spirit;[37][38] however, many people outside the movement have offered alternative views. George Barton Cutten suggested that glossolalia was a sign of mental illness.[39] Felicitas Goodman suggested that tongue speakers were under a form of hypnosis.[40] Others suggest that it is a learned behaviour. Some of these views have allegedly been refuted
Christian Science
Christian Science teaches that prayer is a spiritualization of thought or an understanding of God and of the nature of the underlying spiritual creation. Adherents believe that this can result in healing, by bringing spiritual reality (the “Kingdom of Heaven” in Biblical terms) into clearer focus in the human scene. The world as it appears to the senses is regarded as a distorted version of the world of spiritual ideas. Prayer can heal the distortion. Christian Scientists believe that prayer does not change the spiritual creation but gives a clearer view of it, and the result appears in the human scene as healing: the human picture adjusts to coincide more nearly with the divine reality. Christian Scientists do not practice intercessory prayer as it is commonly understood, and they generally avoid combining prayer with medical treatment in the belief that the two practices tend to work against each other. (However, the choice of healing method is regarded as a matter for the individual, and the Christian Science Church exerts no pressure on members to avoid medical treatment if they wish to avail of it as an alternative to Christian Science healing.) Prayer works through love: the recognition of God’s creation as spiritual, intact, and inherently lovable

Prevalence of prayer for health

Some modalities of alternative medicine employ prayer. A survey released in May 2004 by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health in the United States, found that in 2002, 43% of Americans pray for their own health, 24% pray for others’ health, and 10% participate in a prayer group for their own healt
Islam
Muslims pray a ritualistic prayer called salah or salat in Arabic, facing the Kaaba in Mecca, five times a day. The command to pray is in the Quran in several chapters. The prophet Muhammed showed each Muslim the true method of offering prayers thus the same method is observed till date. There is the “call for prayer” (adhan or azaan), where the muezzin calls for all the followers to stand together for the prayer. The prayer consists of standing, by mentioning -àllàh o -àqbàr (God is great) followed by recitation of the first chapter of the Quran. After the person bends and praises god, then prostrates and again praises god. The prayer ends with the following words “peace and blessings be upon you”. During the prayer a Muslim cannot talk or do anything else besides praying. Once the prayer is complete one can offer voluntary prayers or supplicate -àllàh for his needs. There are also many standard duas or supplications, also in Arabic, to be recited at various times, e.g. for one’s parents, after salah, before eating. Muslims may also say dua in their own words and languages for any issue they wish to communicate with God in the hope that God will answer their prayers.[20] Certain Shia fiqhs pray 3 times a day.
Bahá’í
Main article: Prayer in the Bahá’í Faith
Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, and `Abdu’l-Bahá have revealed many prayers for general use, and some for specific occasions, including for unity, detachment, spiritual upliftment, and healing among others. Bahá’ís are also required to recite each day one of three obligatory prayers revealed by Bahá’u’lláh. The believers have been enjoined to face in the direction of the Qiblih when reciting their Obligatory Prayer. The longest obligatory prayer may be recited at any time during the day; another, of medium length, is recited once in the morning, once at midday, and once in the evening; and the shortest can be recited anytime between noon and sunset. Bahá’ís also read from and meditate on the scriptures every morning and evening.
Eastern religions
In contrast with Western religion, Eastern religion for the most part discards worship and places devotional emphasis on the practice of meditation alongside scriptural study. Consequently, prayer is seen as a form of meditation or an adjunct practice to meditation
Buddhism
n certain Buddhist sects, prayer accompanies meditation. Buddhism for the most part sees prayer as a secondary, supportive practice to meditation and scriptural study. Gautama Buddha claimed that human beings possess the capacity and potential to be liberated, or enlightened, through contemplation, leading to insight. Prayer is seen mainly as a powerful psycho-physical practice that can enhance meditation.[48]
In the earliest Buddhist tradition, the Theravada, and in the later Mahayana tradition of Zen (or Chán), prayer plays only an ancillary role. It is largely a ritual expression of wishes for success in the practice and in helping all beings.[49][50][51][52]
The skillful means (Sanskrit: upaya) of the transfer of merit (Sanskrit: parinamana) is an evocation and prayer. Moreover, indeterminate buddhas are available for intercession as they reside in awoken-fields (Sanskrit: buddha-kshetra).
The nirmanakaya of a awoken-field is what is generally known and understood as mandala. The opening and closing of the ring (Sanskrit: mandala) is an active prayer. An active prayer is a mindful activity, an activity in which mindfulness is not just cultivated but is.[53] A common prayer is “May the merit of my practice, adorn Buddhas’ Pure Lands, requite the fourfold kindness from above, and relieve the suffering of the three life-journeys below. Universally wishing sentient beings, Friends, foes, and karmic creditors, all to activate the bodhi mind, and all to be reborn in the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss.” (願以此功德 莊嚴佛淨土 上報四重恩 下濟三途苦 普願諸眾生 冤親諸債主 悉發菩提心 同生極樂國)[54]
The Generation Stage (Sanskrit: utpatti-krama) of Vajrayana involves prayer elements.[55]
The Tibetan Buddhism tradition emphasizes an instructive and devotional relationship to a guru; this may involve devotional practices known as guru yoga which are congruent with prayer. It also appears that Tibetan Buddhism posits the existence of various deities, but the peak view of the tradition is that the deities or yidam are no more existent or real than the continuity (Sanskrit: santana; refer mindstream) of the practitioner, environment and activity. But how practitioners engage yidam or tutelary deities will depend upon the level or more appropriately yana at which they are practicing. At one level, one may pray to a deity for protection or assistance, taking a more subordinate role. At another level, one may invoke the deity, on a more equal footing. And at a higher level one may deliberately cultivate the idea that one has become the deity, whilst remaining aware that its ultimate nature is shunyata. The views of the more esoteric yana are impenetrable for those without direct experience and empowerment.
Pure Land Buddhism emphasizes the recitation by devotees of prayer-like mantras, a practice often called Nembutsu.[56]:190 On one level it is said that reciting these mantras can ensure rebirth into a sambhogakaya land (Sanskrit: buddha-kshetra) after bodily dissolution, a sheer ball spontaneously co-emergent to a buddha’s enlightened intention. According to Shinran, the founder of the Pure Land Buddhism tradition that is most prevalent in the US[56]:193[57] “for the long haul nothing is as efficacious as the Nembutsu.”[56]:197[58] On another, the practice is a form of meditation aimed at achieving realization.[citation needed]
But beyond all these practices the Buddha emphasized the primacy of individual practice and experience. He said that supplication to gods or deities was not necessary. Nevertheless, today many lay people in East Asian countries pray to the Buddha in ways that resemble Western prayer—asking for intervention and offering devotion.
Hinduism
Hinduism has incorporated many kinds of prayer (Sanskrit: prārthanā), from fire-based rituals to philosophical musings. While chanting involves ‘by dictum’ recitation of timeless verses or verses with timings and notations, dhyanam involves deep meditation (however short or long) on the preferred deity/God. Again the object to which prayers are offered could be a persons referred as devtas, trinity or incarnation of either devtas or trinity or simply plain formless meditation as practiced by the ancient sages. All of these are directed to fulfilling personal needs or deep spiritual enlightenment. Ritual invocation was part and parcel of the Vedic religion and as such permeated their sacred texts. Indeed, the highest sacred texts of the Hindus, the Vedas, are a large collection of mantras and prayer rituals. Classical Hinduism came to focus on extolling a single supreme force, Brahman, that is made manifest in several lower forms as the familiar gods of the Hindu pantheon[dubious – discuss]. Hindus in India have numerous devotional movements. Hindus may pray to the highest absolute God Brahman, or more commonly to Its three manifestations namely creator god called Brahma, preserver god called Vishnu and destroyer god (so that the creation cycle can start afresh) Shiva, and at the next level to Vishnu’s avatars (earthly appearances) Rama and Krishna or to many other male or female deities. Typically, Hindus pray with their hands (the palms) joined together in pranam. The hand gesture is similar to the popular Indian greeting namaste.
Jainism
Although Jains believe that no spirit or divine being can assist them on their path, they do hold some influence, and on special occasions, Jains will pray for right knowledge to the twenty-four Tirthankaras (saintly teachers) or sometimes to Hindu deities such as Ganesha.
Shinto
The practices involved in Shinto prayer are heavily influenced by Buddhism; Japanese Buddhism has also been strongly influenced by Shinto in turn. The most common and basic form of devotion involves throwing a coin, or several, into a collection box, ringing a bell, clapping one’s hands, and contemplating one’s wish or prayer silently. The bell and hand clapping are meant to wake up or attract the attention of the kami of the shrine, so that one’s prayer may be heard.
Shinto prayers quite frequently consist of wishes or favors asked of the kami, rather than lengthy praises or devotions. Unlike in certain other faiths, it is not considered irregular or inappropriate to ask favors of the kami in this way, and indeed many shrines are associated with particular favors, such as success on exams.
In addition, one may write one’s wish on a small wooden tablet, called an ema, and leave it hanging at the shrine, where the kami can read it. If the wish is granted, one may return to the shrine to leave another ema as an act of thanksgiving.
Sikhism
The Ardās (Punjabi: ਅਰਦਾਸ) is a Sikh prayer that is done before performing or after undertaking any significant task; after reciting the daily Banis (prayers); or completion of a service like the Paath (scripture reading/recitation), kirtan (hymn-singing) program or any other religious program. In Sikhism, these prayers are also said before and after eating. The prayer is a plea to God to support and help the devotee with whatever he or she is about to undertake or has done.
The Ardas is usually always done standing up with folded hands. The beginning of the Ardas is strictly set by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. When it comes to conclusion of this prayer, the devotee uses word like “Waheguru please bless me in the task that I am about to undertake” when starting a new task or “Akal Purakh, having completed the hymn-singing, we ask for your continued blessings so that we can continue with your memory and remember you at all times”, etc. The word “Ardās” is derived from Persian word ‘Arazdashat’, meaning a request, supplication, prayer, petition or an address to a superior authority.
Ardās is a unique prayer based on the fact that it is one of the few well-known prayers in the Sikh religion that was not written in its entirety by the Gurus. The Ardās cannot be found within the pages of the Guru Granth Sahib because it is a continually changing devotional text that has evolved over time in order for it to encompass the feats, accomplishments, and feelings of all generations of Sikhs within its lines. Taking the various derivation of the word Ardās into account, the basic purpose of this prayer is an appeal to Waheguru for his protection and care, as well as being a plea for the welfare and prosperity of all mankind, and a means for the Sikhs to thank Waheguru for all that he has done
Taoism
Prayer in Taoism is less common than Fulu, which is the drawing and writing of supernatural talismans
Animism
Although prayer in its literal sense is not used in animism, communication with the spirit world is vital to the animist way of life. This is usually accomplished through a shaman who, through a trance, gains access to the spirit world and then shows the spirits’ thoughts to the people. Other ways to receive messages from the spirits include using astrology or contemplating fortune tellers and healers. The native religions in some parts of North, East and South Asia, America, Africa, and Oceania are often animistic.
America
The Aztec religion was not strictly animist. It had an ever increasing pantheon of deities, and the shamans performed ritual prayer to these deities in their respective temples. These shamans made petitions to the proper deities in exchange for a sacrifice offering: food, flowers, effigies, and animals, usually quail. But the larger the thing required from the God the larger the sacrifice had to be, and for the most important rites one would offer one’s own blood; by cutting his ears, arms, tongue, thighs, chest or genitals, and often a human life; either warrior, slave, or even self-sacrifice.[63]
The Pueblo Indians are known to have used prayer sticks, that is, sticks with feathers attached as supplicatory offerings. The Hopi Indians used prayer sticks as well, but they attached to it a small bag of sacred meat
Australia
In Australia, prayers to the “Great Wit” are performed by the “clever wapmen” and “clever women”, or kadji. These Aboriginal shamans use maban or mabain, the material that is believed to give them their purported magical powers
Neopaganism
Adherents to forms of modern Neopaganism pray to various gods. The most commonly worshiped and prayed to gods are those of Pre-Christian Europe, such as Celtic, Norse, or Graeco-Roman gods. Prayer can vary from sect to sect, and with some (such as Wicca) prayer may also be associated with ritual magick.
Theurgy and Western Esotericism
Practitioners of theurgy and western esotericism may practice a form of ritual which utilizes both pre-sanctioned prayers and names of God, and prayers “from the heart” that, when combined, allows the participant to ascend spiritually, and in some instances, induce a trance in which God or other spiritual beings may be realized. Very similar to hermetic qabala, and orthodox qabala, it is believed that prayer can influence both the physical and non-physical worlds. The use of ritualistic signs and names are believed to be archetypes in which the subconscious may take form as the Inner God, or another spiritual being, and the “prayer from the heart” to be that spiritual force speaking through the participant.
Meher Baba
The Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba emphasized both the beauty of prayer as praise and the power of prayer as petition:
“The ideal prayer to the Lord is nothing more than spontaneous praise of His being. You praise Him, not in the spirit of bargain but in the spirit of self-forgetful appreciation of what He really is. You praise Him because He is praiseworthy. Your praise is a spontaneous appreciative response to his true being, as infinite light, infinite power and infinite bliss.”[66]
“Through repeated sincere prayers it is possible to effect an exit from the otherwise inexorable working out of the law of karma. The forgiveness asked from God evokes from Him His inscrutable grace, which alone can give new direction to the inexorable karmic determination
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preghiera
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer

Pensieri – Thoughts – Rhonda Byrne


🌸Pensieri🌸

Tutto quello che vedi
e che provi
in questo mondo
è l’effetto.
La causa
sono i tuoi pensieri

Rhonda Byrne
🌸🌿🌸#pensierieparole
🌸Thoughts

Everything you see
and what you feel
in this world
is the effect.
The cause
are your thoughts

Rhonda Byrne

Tra le stelle – Among the stars


🌸Tra le stelle🌸

Scivolano
attimi vivi
tra le pieghe
del sogno

Attese
e speranze
oltre il confine
di mille paure

Oggi accendo
le stelle
per fare fuggire
le tenebre

30.01.2021 Poetyca
🌸🌿🌸#Poetycamente
🌸Among the stars

They slip
live moments
between the folds
of the dream

He waited
and hopes
over the border
of a thousand fears

Today I turn on
the stars
to make escape
darkness

30.01.2021 Poetyca

Mix – Shawn Phillips


Shawn Phillips

Un artista peculiare, americano, texano, ma figlio del mondo, perché ha vissuto con la famiglia in ogni parte del pianeta (il padre era un noto autore americano di gialli, che per sua scelta decise di vivere con la famiglia in varie parti del mondo), e poi ha continuato a scegliere liberamente dove vivere. Nei suoi spostamenti ha trascorso anche un periodo non breve in Italia. Ha scelto un posto unico per la sua bellezza, Positano negli anni 70, ma la piccola fama che ha avuto in Italia si deve soprattutto ad un conduttore storico della sezione musicale della RAI, soprattutto noto come DJ di Per voi giovani, Raffaele Cascone, inventore a quel tempo della fortunata formula Il rock del mediterraneo. Cascone passava generosamente i primi dischi di Shawn Phillips dell’epoca, Contribution e Second Contribution, e fece conoscere anche da noi la splendida ballata sull’amico Casey Deiss e sulla sua tragica morte, musicalmente un ponte tra la canzone tradizionale americana, il jazz, la musica classica e lo sperimentalismo.

In un’epoca nella quale i folk-singer erano interessati più al messaggio che al contenitore musicale, era un musicista valido come esecutore (virtuoso di vari tipi di chitarra e anche capace di suonare strumenti etnici), nonché come cantante, essendo dotato di una grande estensione vocale, e un attento sperimentatore, orientato a mischiare le multiformi esperienze musicali che aveva assorbito in giro per il mondo, divenendo in tal modo una specie di anticipatore della world music.

Negli anni seguenti Phillips non ha smesso la sua ricerca, che continua tuttora, facendolo diventare un artista di culto, un modo per dire che è apprezzato (anche moltissimo) da chi lo conosce ma che è sconosciuto ai più, per insufficiente diffusione della sua musica (alias promozione). Ma certo Shawn è ben refrattario a questi problemi.

Per saperne di più:
http://www.shawnphillips.com (sito ufficiale, completissimo, fornito anche di esempi musicali)

http://www.musicaememoria.com/ShawnPhillips.htm
Shawn Phillips

Phillips was born in Fort Worth, Texas. In the 1960s he worked as a session player on several Donovan albums including Fairytale, Sunshine Superman, and Mellow Yellow,[3] performed at the Isle of Wight festival, sang on “Lovely Rita” by the Beatles,[4] and was cast to play the lead in the original production of Jesus Christ Superstar (he had to withdraw due to his heavy recording and touring schedule).[citation needed] In February 1969 Phillips wrote and performed, with The Djinn, the music for the controversial Jane Arden play Vagina Rex and the Gas Oven at the Arts Laboratory on Drury Lane.[citation needed]

Phillips worked the folk music scene in Los Angeles, New York’s Greenwich Village, and London. In 1967, Phillips moved to Positano, Italy, where he remained throughout the 1970s, recording the albums Contribution, Second Contribution, Collaboration, and Faces’.

Four of his albums Faces, Bright White, Furthermore, and Do You Wonder made it into the Billboard Top 100. In addition, the singles, “Lost Horizon” and “We”, made Billboard’s top 100 in 1973 (63 and 92 respectively).

His album No Category, featuring his longtime collaborators Paul Buckmaster and Peter Robinson, was released in 2002.

In 2007, his first live album, Living Contribution, was released, along with a Live DVD of the same title.

Phillips today lives in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, with his wife Juliette and their son Liam. He is still touring and he divides his time between writing, recording, touring and his work as an emergency medical technician (EMT), firefighter, 1st Officer, Navigator, and Extrication Specialist with the National Sea Rescue Institute of South Africa (NSRI).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawn_Phillips

Una perla al giorno – Annamalai Swami


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Se entri in un luogo oscuro con una lampada,
la luce cade su tutti coloro che ti circondano.
Non devi dire alla gente: “Ho una lampada”,
perché tutti lo sapranno.

Annamalai Swami

If you go into a dark place with a lamp,
the light falls on all those around you.
You do not have to tell people: “I have a lamp”
because everyone will know it.

                             Annamalai Swami

Buonanotte


Buonanotte

Una spruzzata di stelle
con la luna tremante
e tanti sogni in attesa
fanno la notte

Un ricordo leggero
di voci nel cuore
risate e gioie
che colorano il tempo

Poi il meritato riposo
per membra stanche
e la promessa solenne
di esserci domani

Domani…
Si spengono le stelle
e tra sorrisi e speranze
restano accesi i sogni

Buonanotte…

16/02/2003 Poetyca


Good night

A sprinkling of stars
trembling with the moon
and many dreams waiting
make the night

A reminder light
of voices in the heart
laughter and joy
coloring time

Then the well-earned rest
for tired limbs
and the solemn promise
to be there tomorrow

Tomorrow …
The lights are stars
and between smiles and hopes
remain on the dreams

Goodnight…

16/02/2003 Poetyca

Dono – Gift – Haiku


🌸Dono🌸

Il fico piega
ora il ramo carico
e frutti dona

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🌸Gift

The fig folds
now the loaded branch
and fruits it gives

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Sulla nuvola – On the cloud


Sulla nuvola

Dolce rumore di nulla,
culla di sogni e sospiri,
là dove il tepore è sogno,
dove la stella guida da sempre.

Lo riconosci il sentiero?
Ricordi l’incisione che facesti
a quella quercia da bambino?

Non hai tempo, non hai mantenuto
l’antica promessa – volevo respirare
tutti i sogni del cuore – essere vivo!

Nuvola soffice t’accompagna
non è fuga, è la saggezza del ricordo:
Offerta di un dono che ti faccia aprire le ali.

Percorso a ritroso per riallacciare
un filo sottile alla memoria del cuore,
in armonia fatata che sa danzare
con colorate movenze di farfalla.

Respira oggi tutta la dolcezza,
sia miele a nutrire il tuo essere
perchè riaprendo gli occhi
saprai manifestare la perduta essenza
della tua iridescente anima.

31.05.2008 Poetyca


On the cloud

Soft sound of nothing
cradle of dreams and sighs,
where the warmth is a dream,
where the guiding star forever.

You recognize the path?
Remember that you made the incision
that oak as a child?

Do not have time, you have maintained
the old promise – I breathe
all the dreams of the heart – be alive!

Cloud soft with thee
not escape, is the wisdom of memory:
Offer a gift that makes you open the wings.

Way back to resume
a thin wire to the memory of the heart,
magic that can dance in harmony
movements with colorful butterfly.

Breathe Today all the sweetness,
and honey to nourish your being
because opening his eyes
know the show lost essence
Iridescent your soul.

31.05.2008 Poetyca

Namaste


Namaste
La nostra vera casa è nel momento presente.
Vivere nel momento presente è un miracolo ~
Thich Nhat Hanh-
.•°*˜҈.•°*˜҈ ❤•°*˜҈.•°*˜҈ ❤
Io onoro il luogo dove tu sei, quando tu sei e io sono con esso. Noi siamo uno, un Dio, un amore, un universo, e solo una lingua, il cuore che conta davvero.
Diverremo uno solo se il tuo ego muore; è l’unica via nella quale puoi amare incondizionatamente e lasciare il tuo spirito librare infinitamente.
In questo luogo non vi è ne orgoglio ne pregiudizio, senza differenze raziali ne discriminazioni, ne odio nè equivoci, senza contrasti nè invidia, semplicemente amore, compassione e armonia.
Una volta che tu raggiungerai questo luogo, puoi solo immaginare le meraviglie della realizzazione come il più perfetto essere senziente con amore incondizionato per tutti. tutti i valori della società migliorano il mondo naturale: nessuna aggressione, nessuna guerra, nessun problema finanziario; non più fame,nè povertà, nè solitudine, la distribuzione equa delle risorse naturali e totale rispetto della madre terra in perfetto equilibrio.
Questo equilibrio non è forzato, si tratta solo di pura armonia. La nostra essenza pura. Ciò che siamo sempre stati ma che si è dimenticato,perso nel progresso economico; onnipresente intrattenimento senza peso, e pensieri negativi basati sull’alter ego.
la mente umana è avvelenata con pensieri negativi o non pensieri, i quali lavorano contro la comunione con Dio, contro se stessi.
La meditazione e la preghiera sono solo porte per l’amore infinito di Dio, nemmeno le chiese e le istituzioni.
L’amore non può essere condizionato da accordi tecnologici, guru indiani che abusano della conoscenza; istituzioni create,esperti nei testi antichi, superstizioni o pseudo-scienza o qualsiasi dottrina basata sulle credenze.
Fede speranza pace amore luce
Dal web
Namaste
Our true home is in the present moment.
To live in the present moment is a miracle~
-Thich Nhat Hanh
•°*˜҈.•°*˜҈ ❤•°*˜҈.•°*˜҈ ❤
I honor the place where you are, when you’re there and I AM WITHIN myself. WE ARE ONE. ONE GOD. ONE LOVE. ONE UNIVERSE. AND ONLY ONE LANGUAGE, the heart really matters.
We will become one, but only if your EGO dies, WHICH IS THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GIVE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE and you allow your spirit to soar in to the infinite.
In this place there is no pride or prejudice, no racial differences, no discrimination, no hatred, no misunderstandings, no disagreements, no envy, just PERFECT LOVE, COMPASSION, HARMONY & BALANCE.
ONCE WE REACH THIS PLACE, IMAGINE THE WONDERS OF HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT as perfect sentient beings with unconditional love for everyone. Every society values and improves the natural world: no aggression, no more war, no more financial problems, no more hunger, no poverty, no loneliness; equitable distribution of natural resources; and total respect for mother earth in PERFECT BALANCE.
This balance is not forced, it is just pure harmony. Our pure essence. What we have always been, but forgot, lost in the search for “economic progress”; ubiquitous senseless entertainment; and negative thoughts based on our alter EGO: Feeling superior or inferior to anyone.
The human mind is poisoned with negative thought or simply no thoughts, which works against communion with GOD, against yourself.
Meditation and prayer are the only door to that GOD’S IMMENSE LOVE, not churches or any other institution.
LOVE CAN NOT BE CONDITIONED ON ANY THEOLOGICAL AGREEMENT; INDIAN GURUS ABUSING THEIR KNOWLEDGE; ESTABLISHED INSTITUTIONS; EXPERTS IN ANCIENT TEXTS; SUPERSTITIONS; PSEUDO-SCIENCE OR ANY DOCTRINE EGO-BASED SET OF BELIEFS.
FAITH HOPE PEACE LOVE LIGHT
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Voli infiniti – Endless flights


Voli infiniti

Diamanti
queste stelle
bucano il cielo
ed accendono
sospiri d’anima
Carezze
sul cuore
ricamano
parole nuove
in voli infiniti

30.03.2017 Poetyca

Endless flights

Diamonds
these stars
pierce the sky
and light
soul sighs
Caresses
on the heart
embroider
new words
in endless flights

03/30/2017 Poetyca

Lezioni – Lessons


🌸Lezioni🌸

Le lezioni della vita
si apprendono
con pazienza,
esperienza ed elasticità
e tanto coraggio.
Abbi cura di te.

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🌸Lessons

The lessons of life
you can learn
with patience,
experience and flexibility
and lots of courage.
Take care of yourself.

30.01.2021 Poetyca

Oltre – Beyond – Victor Hugo


🌸Oltre🌸

“Il corpo umano
non è altro che apparenza
ed esso nasconde
la nostra realtà,
la realtà dell’anima.”

Victor Hugo
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🌸Beyond

“The human body
it is nothing but appearance
and it hides
our reality,
the reality of the soul. ”

Victor Hugo

Soft Cell


Soft Cell è un duo britannico di musica elettronica dei primi anni ottanta che riscosse un buon successo di pubblico e di critica, composto da: Marc Almond (voce) e David Ball (sintetizzatore) e riformatosi poi nel 2003.

Le loro canzoni, di orientamento musicale synth-pop, oltre che raccontare storie d’amore, si focalizzano spesso su tematiche controverse quali il sesso estremo, il travestitismo, l’uso di droghe e persino l’omicidio.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_Cell

Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s, consisting of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball. The duo are principally known for their 1981 hit version of “Tainted Love” (#8 US) and 1981 debut album entitled Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.

In the United Kingdom, they had ten Top 40 hits including “Tainted Love” (#1 UK), “Torch” (#2 UK), “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” (#3 UK), “What!” (#3 UK), and “Bedsitter” (#4 UK), and also had four Top 20 albums between 1981 and 1984. In 1984, the duo split but reformed from 2001 to 2004 to tour and record new material, releasing their fifth studio album, Cruelty Without Beauty in 2002.

Soft Cell’s songs have been covered by various artists including Nine Inch Nails, David Gray, Nouvelle Vague, Marilyn Manson, and A-ha.[4] Their track, “Memorabilia”, earned recognition for the band as pioneers of the synth-oriented techno genre.[5] The duo have sold 10 million records worldwide.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_Cell

Una perla al giorno – Henry Van Dike


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Il tempo è troppo poco per chi aspetta,
troppo mutevole per chi ha paura,
troppo lungo per chi è addolorato,
troppo breve per chi è felice.
Ma per chi ama, il tempo è l’eternità.

Henry Van Dike
Time is too short for those who wait,
too changeable for those who are afraid,
too long for those who are grieving,
too short for those who are happy.
But for those who love, time is eternity.

            Henry Van Dyke