Spring Trees: a body prayer

Tree Blossoms1On Sunday, I led the Call to Worship at the Open Door. Before we launched into liturgy, I led a quiet moment of centering with a tiny bit of body prayer.

I invite you to close your eyes, I said, and bring your attention to your feet–these beautiful feet that carry you everywhere and carried you into this space here and now.

Rock back and forth on your feet, shifting your weight forward onto the balls. Shift your weight back onto your heels. Experience this, and then balance your weight equally between the balls and heels of your feet.

Imagine roots growing out of your feet into the ground. You are a tree, a tree planted by streams of living water, and that water is God. Ground yourself in this space here, where we will worship.

Now bring your attention to your shoulders. Begin rolling your shoulders in circles backwards, lifting your shoulders up to your ears and dropping them. You’re opening your chest here, opening your heart to what God has to say to you today, opening your heart for worship to God.

Now, if you’d like to, I invite you to lift your arms. Lift your branches high, imagining blossoms on them like the spring flowers outside, raising your arms to worship God.

Both photos by Renee Prymus. Taken on Pitt's campus, April 15, 2013.
Both photos by Renee Prymus.
University of Pittsburgh campus, April 15, 2013.
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