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Yawning during prayer

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by geocajun, Jun 26, 2005.

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  1. geocajun

    geocajun Priest of the holy smackrament

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    Alright, I am out of ideas on how to stop this - but each time I pray out loud, I yawn repeatedly. I have tried to stop it by adjusting my breathing, or taking a few minutes to focus before opening my mouth, or forcing a yawn before praying, and nothing works.
    Does anyone else have this problem? Any tips on how to stop it from happening?
     
  2. bostonlass

    bostonlass sweet caroline ;)

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    I dunno but my sister used to be able to burp the Our Father and Hail Mary without taking a breather.

    :sorry:
     
  3. geocajun

    geocajun Priest of the holy smackrament

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    :D thanks for that Caroline
     
  4. marciadietrich

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    Hi Jason,

    Perhaps somehow this has become a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy as you worry about it more?

    I have been self-concious about practically whistling when I say "true God from true God" on the tr's of the true's during the Creed. I never make that sound saying tr any other time but only during the Creed during Mass. The more I try not to do it the louder it seems. Most likely no one else but I am noticing it.

    My husband said he stuttered as a kid and cured it by holding a pencil between his teeth and reading out loud. Something like that which might seem silly but cause your focus to shift away from the yawning problem.

    Now I'm yawning ... :sleep: ... psychological power just thinking of it. :)

    Marcia
     
  5. geocajun

    geocajun Priest of the holy smackrament

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    Marcia, that could be - I could start to pray an "Our Father" right now, and break out in a yawn before I finish the first petition. Its becoming more frusterating
     
  6. Rising_Suns

    Rising_Suns 'Christ's desolate heart is in need of comfort'

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    I have this same problem as well, but it only happens when I say the Lord's prayer, for some reason. I also only yawn one time though. I really can't explain it; it's odd I admit.

    When I enter in prayer, I begin with the Lord's prayer and a Hail Mary. Another odd thing that always happens to me is I always begin being distracted, but as soon as I end the Lord's prayer and begin with the words "Hail Mary", my mind suddenly snaps out of the day dream and regains focus. another odd thing.

    Blessings,

    -Davide
     
  7. marciadietrich

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    Jason, I'm sure it will work itself out. Some of it may be you were just so comfortable with the prayer (not bored, just it is so familiar) that at a time you were tired it slipped in here and there, and then you noticed it happening.

    Hope all is well with your family, I may need a baby holding fix again soon. :)

    Marcia
     
  8. Irenaeus

    Irenaeus Sub tuum praesidium confugimus!

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    Geo,

    What helps me is standing up straight and looking at a statue or an icon. I usually kneel for my Rosary, but especially in the morning, I find standing in front of my little altar in my room helps me to wake up in the morning. Prostrations help, as do bowing and other reverential gestures, because they get my body into what my spirit is trying to say to God. If you have a bad back or other physical malady, maybe you can do something that is appropriate for you...crossing yourself like the Byzantines do, or whatever else.

    St. Teresa of Avila (my God, I love her) once said, - with classicly robust vocabulary - that her mind was like a wild horse that she could not tame. She just could not pay attention at times. It was this fact that made her very much an iconodule; she loved pious pictures and exhorted her nuns to look at them, to recollect their minds and to help them get in the spirit of prayer. Her method of recollection is also very helpful.

    One thing about the Desert Fathers is that many of them did not pray long, but they prayed often. This is what keeps the attention on God, keeping the commandment to pray always, yet not slipping into long-windedness and tiring the soul; even the soul, being one with our body, needs rest from the sometimes stressful activity of prayer (especially when it is dry, and arid) and maybe a nice walk, or reading, or whatever else helps you to meditate or recreate yourself, may be in order.

    Maybe you should ask a Priest or maybe, if you are so blessed, a Confessor, about how you can improve your prayer life?
     
  9. Benedicta00

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    Do y'all think this could be some sort of an attack from satan?
     
  10. WarriorAngel

    WarriorAngel I close my eyes and see you smile Supporter

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    :wave: Yep...I dont think I take enough air in when I pray.
     
  11. BjBarnett

    BjBarnett Viva il Papa!

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    wow i thought I was the only one that done that. if you find away to stop it make sure you tell me. I do it a lot during mass and its actually kinda embaressing.
     
  12. Irenaeus

    Irenaeus Sub tuum praesidium confugimus!

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    Bj,

    I guess if you have trouble during Mass...

    Sing a lot! :p
     
  13. holyorders

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    Thats strange because I usually, not always, yawn when I say the Lord's prayer only. :confused:
     
  14. plainswolf

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    Geo sometimes I do as well. But then again sometimes I get a 'yawning attack' when I'm not even tired in the least. I wish I could provide an answer but I am searching for one also. This doesn't happen everytime, but it does get annyoning when it does and I can definitely relate.

    Mark
     
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    ShannonMcCatholic I swallowed a bug

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    This thread is killing me! I've yawned like twenty times !!
     
  18. MariaRegina

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    LOL

    I thought that I was the only one.

    Yawning sure is contagious ... just the thought of it. :D :yawn:
     
  19. plainswolf

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    See, EXACTLY! ... But at least now i don't feel strange for that happening to me while reading this either... oh the power of suggestion.... hehe

    Mark
     
  20. pax

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    That's really crazy. Whenever our priest prays the 2nd (I think) Eucharistic prayer I almost always yawn when he says "from East to West that a perfect offering may be made..." and I have no idea why. The more you think about it while you're at prayer, the more likely you are to do it since the mere thought of yawning can cause you to actually yawn. It probably started with classical conditioning and now that it's something you're more aware of it'll be difficult to stop thinking about it.
     
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