Petitionary Prayer As A Way To Get Through A Rough Shift - page 2

by TheCommuter, ASN, RN Senior Moderator | 5,415 Views | 38 Comments

Petitionary prayer focuses on requesting or petitioning for something, such as guidance for oneself or others. Even though prayer is normally connected with organized religion, one does not need to be religious or a 'believer' in... Read More


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    It would be lovely if we could discuss---just this once---non-pharmacological ways to center ourselves in the midst of chaos, without incendiary comments or bashing people of faith/people of no faith/people who just haven't figured out what they believe.

    In keeping with that, I will only say that I love your prayer, Commuter, and have printed it out for my office bulletin board. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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    Bingo!
    Last edit by interleukin on Aug 3, '12 : Reason: misplaced
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    "This made my day.

    I think that taking a minute to be introspective is fine, but I wouldn't call it 'prayer'. Praying is the act of asking an imaginary being to suspend the natural laws of the universe in such a way that you get what you want, which tends to happen exactly 0% of the time. I wonder if other forums for professionals have entire sections for people to discuss books written by Iron Age misogynists who advocated slavery...perhaps this part of why we are not taken seriously as a profession."


    Bingo!
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    Listen.... when you're having a hectic day.... take a bathroom break, turn off the lights, take 10 slow deep breaths, wash your face, get back out there.

    There's nothing spiritual about taking a load off when things get hairy. The body can only do so much and the mind can handle only so many tasks, for only so long a time, before safety is breached.
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    Quote from kabfighter
    This made my day.

    I think that taking a minute to be introspective is fine, but I wouldn't call it 'prayer'. Praying is the act of asking an imaginary being to suspend the natural laws of the universe in such a way that you get what you want, which tends to happen exactly 0% of the time. I wonder if other forums for professionals have entire sections for people to discuss books written by Iron Age misogynists who advocated slavery...perhaps this part of why we are not taken seriously as a profession.
    Aw man, just leave it alone! I agree with you to a degree but who cares if people pray, meditate, use introspection, or say to themselves "The Dude Abides" as long as it settles them and helps them proceed successfully throughout their day? Be it God, Cheetos, single malt scotch, or whatever... each of us has his or her own deity.

    I work on the 5th floor of a hospital and we are surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains. When things get hairy, I walk into an empty patient room and gaze out at those mountains, take a deep breath and it truly settles me. If people want to call it prayer and plug in a god, so be it. The end result is the same.

    TheCommuter, I think your "prayer" was eloquent and I hope it helps people find peace.
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    I never speak about my faith on this board..

    Don't think I'll start either.
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    As a buddhist practitioner, I often take a few moments every day (Sometimes several throughout the day if things are particularly stressful ) to recenter myself into a more mindful state. Is that prayer? No. It's simply a way to refocus my mind to the task at hand, and to allow the distractions to fall away and discover what is important at that very moment.

    Prayer, for those who believe in a god or gods, perhaps does much the same thing.
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    [color=#333333]the lord's prayer is in effect groveling at the feet of a bearded old man with the attitude of a nurse ratched running a supply depot. i don't understand why people find it inspiring.


    i thought it was just a very old poem written by the early catholic church and edited a bit by king henry viii for the episcopal church.
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    Definition of "prayer", courtesy of Webster's New World Dictionary: 1.) the act or practice of praying, as to God 2.) An earnest request; entreaty;supplication 3. a)a humble and sincere request, as to God b) an utterance, as to God

    While I consider myself a Christian, I will not deny that I DO NOT understand God. Yet, I believe. Life is no "accident", and we truly see through a glass darkly. The design of DNA proves, to me, a higher intelligence. I am also very familiar with, and appreciate, the teachings of Buddha. But I do not pray to Buddha. I simply meditate to calm my own mind, and be free from suffering. This is a purely human technique.

    But I pray to God. Prayer implies a belief in GOD. See definition #2, above. Who are you entreating or supplicating to, if not God? Yourself? I think not. One does not supplicate to oneself.

    If you are not a believer, do not insult those of us who are. If you are not a believer, you need not pray. Go have a talk with yourself, by all means. But that is not prayer.

    Why don't we simply respect one another's right to believe, or not? I won't insult your lack of belief, and please don't say I'm "groveling" if I choose to pray.

    You do you, and I'll do me. Because none of us will know 'til we die! Until then, we will all do the best we know how. Let's give one another the freedom and the benefit of the doubt in the mean time.

    Because life is hard, short, beautiful, painful, unfair, sweet, sometimes a gift, sometimes a curse, inspiring, demoralizing...

    The most important thing? To be KIND. And to realize there are some things that we just can't know. Yet.
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    Quote from CherylRNBSN
    If you are not a believer, do not insult those of us who are. If you are not a believer, you need not pray. Go have a talk with yourself, by all means. But that is not prayer.

    Why don't we simply respect one another's right to believe, or not? I won't insult your lack of belief, and please don't say I'm "groveling" if I choose to pray.
    Cheryl, nicely put. We have to tolerate and respect other's decisions on faith. People forget that when they mock a faith, they are also mocking those who cling to that faith.
    KimberlyRN89 likes this.


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