Non-Theistic Prayers

“How do you know you’re God?”…”Simple, when I pray to Him I find I’m talking to myself.” —Peter O’Toole, The Ruling Class If you are an atheist or an agnostic, the whole idea of praying on the face of it, makes no sense. Why bother to pray to a god that doesn’t exist? There’s also…

Intentions

Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go. —Louise Driscoll I have been convinced that there are fewer practices as powerful as the development of an intention. An intention is a path for you to take your mental, emotional, and physical energy. When you have clear intention, whether you are conscious…

Create a Meditative Space

Beginning Meditation In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few. —Shunryu Suzuki-roshi If you are completely new to meditation, you may want to try meditating first while at home, not on your bicycle. The following instructions are by Rabbi Ted Falcon, and used with permission. Creating a meditative space…

A Bus Meditation

One day, I got on a crowded bus and took the one seat that was available in the front. It was only after sitting down that I saw the reason the seat was empty: two guys, both with some sort of mental problems (neurological, developmental, or psychiatric, I don’t know), who were sitting up there…

Prayer Wheel

This meditation is similar to the Bicycling A Name of God one — it’s just using a different image and focus. Instead of pedaling out the word that is the name of God, you are turning the Wheel of the Dharma (dharmachakra). Wheels symbolize the Wheel of Buddhist Law, the endless cycle of birth and rebirth. They…

…from whom all blessings flow

The following is from a journal entry written July 8, 2004, after riding for about an hour, at a picnic table in Robinswood Park. I began with an invocation, something I usually do before any writing in a diary or journal. The invocation I often use is an interpretative translation of the line from Psalm…

Get Off the Fucking Road

There may be a day while you are riding your bike. A motorist passes you, and calls out, “Get off the fucking road!” You may be puzzled. What do these words mean? The key to understanding this motorist’s cry is to realize that the road does not copulate with itself. Rather, it is you who…