Do We Need Any Special Equipment for PrayerMotion?
No special equipment is needed. It is a good idea, however, to get into the habit of keeping a small journal of the meaning of certain words or prayers as they come alive in movement. Keep in mind that this technique brings out the deeper meaning of the words and every time you engage your entire being in prayer motion you may experience something different. God speaks in different ways and at different times to each of us.
Do We Have to Know Sign Language?
No, not at all! The prayer motions are adapted from the prayer gestures used in ancient Benedictine monasteries. It sometimes is referred to as ‘religious signing’.
Do We Always Have to Use the Video?
No. Once you learn the prayer motions and gestures, you can download the music and move without the video.
What Types of Prayers Are Included In This Program?
The material in this program is steeped in Catholic teaching and designed to be used in the Catholic schools. Most of the prayers and blessings come from Sacred Scripture including the weekly Responsorial Psalms, the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer as well as the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Guardian Angel Prayer, the Suscipe of St. Ignatius of Loyola, God Bless America and many, many, many more.
Tell Us About Yourself Dr. Anne Borik
I was born in Pittsburgh, PA and one of my early memories takes me back to my Catholic grade school experience when I was in first or second grade. I vividly remember one day when I was at church with my class and my teacher reprimanded me for leaning on one leg during mass. She said, "Stand up straight because you don't want Our Lord to see you in a lazy posture”. To this day, when I find myself leaning or slouching in church, I often reposition my posture as a gesture of respect. I believe that was the very, very beginning of the importance of posture and prayer as reflected in PrayerMotion.
I was very active in sports growing up and at the age of 8 started karate. The discipline, intensity and measured movement spoke to the depth of who I am and I got my black belt at the age of 13. I began teaching blind people karate and self-defense. This experience was priceless for me as a high school student because it taught me self-confidence, the importance of trust and respect on many levels. At one point, I was ranked third in the world in Women's Black Belt Division. Training in the martial arts helped me as a high school athlete in track and field where I was able to secure several athletic scholarships, including one to West Point Military Academy.
I attended Temple University in Philadelphia, PA to study Pre-Med Exercise Physiology and Biology. I remember even at that time I would often incorporate movement into my studies. For example, I passed Organic Chemistry because I memorized the molecular structures not only in my mind but in my muscles and movement as well.
I was introduced to Osteopathic Medicine and immediately knew that was the field to pursue for me because it integrated medicine with movement and an intense study of the structure of the human body. I earned my medical degree from the Philadelphia Collage of Osteopathic Medicine.
As a medical student, I attended morning mass almost everyday. Prayer was always and still is a very important part of my daily life. Today, I practice medicine in Phoenix, Arizona as a hospitalist and given the opportunity I often pray with my patients.
Several years ago, I started to incorporate prayer in motion to help my grandmother recover from a stroke, and it worked. Today, the prayer motion program is a great modality for people of all ages. It is the perfect tool to focus the mind and manage stress, while at the same time staying grounded in our Catholic identity.