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Prayer, to me, is sort of like yoga, on several levels. It's good for me and helps me, and to be quite honest, I say I do it way more than I actually do. When someone asks, "Do you do yoga?" I answer, "Absolutely. I love it. It totally makes me feel better."

What I mean, in the strictest sense, is that every week I intend to go to yoga three times and I occasionally make it to one class, and I have several pairs of yoga pants, and some yoga DVDs and flashcards, and every once in a while, if I'm really feeling bad, I do a few sun salutations before bed. So really, I'm yoga-ish.

Prayer, in my life, is similar. If you ask me about prayer, I have the books, the journals, a few transcendent experiences to report from the last decade, lots of good reasons why every person should do it, and not a ton of extremely current experiences rushing to mind. I believe in it, conceptually. I feel better when I do it. I believe my life would be better if I did it a lot, like yoga, but when it comes right down to it, I'm prayer-ish.

[from cold tangerines by shauna niequist]

Posted on Monday, July 7, 2008 at 10:15PM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments3 Comments

Reader Comments (3)

Weired...that lady has things to say that I can relate to.

Jul 8, 2008 at 12:25AM | Unregistered CommenterAndrea H.

what? you'd quote 'cold tangerines' but not foster? ;-)

what a great quote. great enough that i just added the book to my "read this someday" list.

Jul 8, 2008 at 07:13AM | Unregistered Commentersjw

Well said. I could add mountain bike-ish and kayak-ish instead of yoga-ish.

Jul 8, 2008 at 11:32AM | Unregistered Commenterjared

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