I’m currently reading a book entitled, “Help, Thanks, Wow: Three Essential Prayers” by Anne Lamott. Ms Lamott, for this book alone, has risen to the top of my favorite authors list.
Three prayers: Help, Thanks, Wow. Lamott describes in real life situations how a simple prayer of “Help” or “Thanks” or “Wow” to the Universe brings about change. Ahhhh…change. No wonder so many prayers fall short of their mark…not many folks are willing to change or make changes. When I was little I thought if I prayed everything would be alright. But things weren’t alright, not always. Perhaps it was my bartering that made my prayers a little less substantial. “If you will only do this one thing for me, God, I promise I’ll never….(fill in the blank).” Tsk. Tsk. It was my end of the bargain that always fell short. The Universe more often than not answered my prayer. What was I doing wrong? Could it be that I wasn’t taking responsibility…that I was assuming that all I needed to do was ask the Powers That Be to do something and I didn’t have to do anything in return? Well, gee. I was young. Come on. Give a girl a break. HA. How about 10,000 breaks?
I’ve grown up to some degree since those days of bartering…of long lengthy prayers about what I would do “if only”. These days there’s no bartering. I just need to move my body. My movement becomes my prayer. Simple. When I find that I’m desiring something…I move my body. Help — in the freedom and form of Nia. When I want to express gratitude …I move my body. Thanks — in the freedom and form of Nia. For those awe-inspiring magical moments (which happen more often than not)…I move my body. Wow — in the freedom and form of Nia.
“The body says what words cannot”. — Martha Graham
No words are necessary. Just the passion, the love for moving and dancing and wiggling and shaking, for making shapes and the love for expressing the unique spirit that inhabits and animates this human form; the love for using my mind to imagine and visualize, the love for using my emotions to feel. Movement as prayer.
Help. Thanks. Wow. Thank you Anne Lamott for simplifying prayer. Thank you Debbie Rosas Stewart and Carlos AyaRosas for allowing Nia to come through your bodies, minds, hearts and spirits into the world so that Life could set me on a path of discovering the Joy of Movement and that Movement As Prayer…IS ceaseless prayer. Now I Am …. Sacred.