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WOW!!! What an amazing avatar!!!
Welcome to Beliefnet Paravani ~ Nice icon you have!
Thank you for being a member of our Community
Have a peaceful, blessed, and happy day
Thank you so much for the gift of the lovely Universe graphic! I want you to know, it's now the new background on my monitor, and it never fails to give me great pleasure just to see it. Thank you again!
Prayer and meditation are similar practices in that they both offer us a connection to the divine, but they also differ from one another in significant ways. Put simply, prayer is when we ask the universe for something, and meditation is when we listen. When we pray, we use language to express our innermost thoughts and feelings to a higher power. Sometimes, we plumb the depths within ourselves and allow whatever comes to the surface to flow out in our prayer. At other times, we pray words that were written by someone else but that express what we want to say. Prayer is reaching out to the universe with questions, pleas for help, gratitude, and praise.
Meditation, on the other hand, has a silent quality that honors the art of receptivity. When we meditate, we cease movement and allow the activity of our minds and hearts to go on without us in a sense. Eventually, we fall into a deep silence, a place that underlies all the noise and fray of daily human existence. In this place, it becomes possible for us to hear the universe as it speaks for itself, responds to our questions, or sits with us in its silent way.
Both prayer and meditation are indispensable tools for navigating our relationship with the universe and with ourselves. They are also natural complements to one another, and one makes way for the other just as the crest of a wave gives way to its hollow. If we tend to do only one or the other, prayer or meditation, we may find that we are out of balance, and we might benefit from exploring the missing form of communication. There are times when we need to reach out and express ourselves, fully exorcising our insides, and times when we are empty, ready to rest in quiet receiving. When we allow ourselves to do both, we begin to have a true conversation with the universe.
I just wanted to let you all know that I still love you!
I haven't had much time to post lately because I've been spending about eight-to-ten hours a day with my neighbors from Burundi, teaching them all English and helping them to feel more at home in the US.
But I do love you all, and I do check my messages and the discussion boards regularly. So, if you ever need to contact me right away, just send me email. (I'm paravani at yahoo.com, too.)
Sending lots of love your way!
Hello! Thanks for the message and the friend add.
Oh, and it's pronounced zay-kwar. It's a tweaking of an idea a friend gave me in Junior High for the name of the legendary hero in a short story I wrote. The character was based loosely on me, and I have kind of taken some of that character for myself, as well.
Hope to see you around the boards!
hey, thanks for the add..much love...c ya round
I guess I'm gonna have to post some more on Spirit Guides so you can remember my new name! (But really, Claudia is fine... and now you can find me on your friends list!)
Love you lots!