“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is a daily admission of one’s weakness…. And so, it is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” – Mahatma Gandhi
I’d like to share about my meditation “practice”. It’s me sitting on my meditation mat, lighting incense, chanting in a language that’s not English. It’s me doing the breathing and meditation methods that I have chosen for the day.
Why do I do this?
I believe for exactly the reason Gandhi shared. It’s a longing of the soul. I feel more connected to my heart and to others in my world as I dedicate my practice to all sentient beings. It cultivates within me an understanding of, and patience with, the challenges of life.
Whether your practice involves praying, chanting, or spending time writing in a journal, the benefit is usually that you feel grounded in yourself. My practice helps me to have the clarity to provide services to my clients and to be there for my family and friends.
Whatever your practice, it can help you take the next right step. I know when I give my practice the time and attention, it helps me hear beyond the daily noise to find what truly matters. It helps me to be a better person.
Here is one of my prayer practices:
A feather represents a connection with the Creator. Birds are symbolic messengers between a human and their soul. Prayers can be placed into a feather.
Hold the feather to your heart or between your hands while you focus on your prayer. When you are done, tie the feather to a bush or a tree. When the wind blows it will carry your prayer to the Creator.
May your prayers be answered.
Big Hugs and Much Love,