(Photo: Irene Bom)
Roy DeLeon’s book includes drawings for the different poses, but the written “instructions” should be graphic enough to get you praying with body, heart and soul.
An active prayer
inspired by Psalm 139
O God, you know when I am happy;
Inhale: Express your joy with a smile coming from your heart and radiating out through your hands and feet.
You know when I am in the gutter.
Exhale: Sag your body down, depleted of energy, drained of life.
You know well the choices I make
Inhale: Lift up your arms.
And the paths they lead to.
Exhale: Bring your arms down toward your front foot and check the path you took today.
Your thoughts go beyond my reach;
Inhale: As you breathe in, reach up.
Your depth beyond all thoughts.
Exhale: As you breathe out, reach down, letting your head dangle freely.
I open my eyes, and there you are.
Inhale: Look up toward God in the heights.
I look inward, and there you are.
Exhale: Close your eyes and feel your humanness.
Thanks for your wonderful gifts.
Inhale: Count your blessings and give thanks. Smile.
Because of you, I am wonder.
Exhale: Smile. Radiate God’s joy.
from Praying with the body: Bringing the psalms to life by Roy DeLeon, p. 94