My personal definition of prayer is it is a time when we call upon the Divine and the angels or the greater unseen powers and usually ask for something; assistance to completing a task, food, money to pay the bills, improved health and often forgiveness. If we are being very good we will remember to give thanks for another day, good health and food on our table. Meditation for me is an extension of prayer as it is a time we mindfully set aside to bring our mind, body and spirit in union with the Divine. It is during these moments of silence that we demonstrate our intention for inner peace, healing, love and enlightenment.
Often in prayer we quickly put in our request, say amen and then we are on our way. When we meditate, we purposely wait for an answer, a sign or simply allow that peaceful feeling to flow over and through us. Emotions can become unleashed, forgiveness can be released, love and healing sent to others and ourselves. With practice and patience we will come to realize that every time we meditate we increase our own vibration and that of those around us.
That is why a group meditation is so wonderful as each one of us benefits from the energy of the others. Everyone has his or her own personal journey and yet we also share a group experience. By talking about our prayers and meditations we help each other to learn and grow, teach others and ourselves to be less judgmental and by sending healing, increase our love and compassion. As well, by remembering others in our prayers, whether they are alive or have already crossed over, we assist them in raising their vibration.
Prayers (and your meditations) should be from our heart, what we are feeling right now, what wedesire: the song of our soul. We should never be afraid to say, think, chant or sing what we are feeling. We may find ourselves humming a song, a chant or mantra or becoming emotional when listening to or reading certain poems and prayers. Nothing wrong with that! We are just allowing the right side of our brain some equal time and our spirit an opportunity to blossom.
Daily devotions are quite possible…none of us are too busy. It is all a matter of practice and making it a priority of your day. Like all things, it will become part of who we are. It is wonderful if we have a sacred space somewhere in our home or outside where we can go and perform our meditations but don’t feel we have to create a shrine before we can pray or that we can only meditate in a group or in our own space. Taking five minutes in the lunch room at work, a walking meditation on our way to the compost bin (don’t close your eyes for this one!), breathing deeply then silently giving thanks while sitting in a waiting room are all ways to bring Spirit around us. Prayers and thanksgivings can be and should be found everywhere. They are your connection, sense of security and protection so use them often! We can never over do meditations or prayers. Simply recognizing the beauty of the world around us and the goodness in the people we meet is a form of thanksgiving.
If we incorporate these things in our daily routine, before long we will find our inner energy increasing. This new found energy can be used to raise our vibration in our daily meditations and prayers.
Don’t put it off any longer! Begin by finding one new way of devotion this week. It could be:
- Writing in a journal about your meditation
- Creating a prayer and recording it in your journal or on audio
- Try new things such as drumming, chanting or using a mantra
- While outside take a moment to give thanks for the day
- Even if you are not feeling well, think of the blessings in your life, ones you love and those who love you…you are sure to feel better
- Send healing and don’t forget to heal yourself
- Say a blessing while preparing your food or before eating even if silently to yourself
- Light a candle, incense, smudge your house, hug a tree
Be creative and find Spirit in everything and everyone you meet! Allow the Divine to flow freely through you and out to the world around you until you truly become love.