Why I Pray

04/14/2014

source PinterestDuring prayer, when I go beyond life’s chatter and listen for the voice within that says ‘Be still and know that I Am God’ I fall into love and release attachment… to anything and everything. Through the process of connecting with the vastness of God’s power and love throughout the universe as well as in every fiber of my being, I fully let go and relax.

If I forget to pray, I lose my equanimity and can become grasping and desirous of outcomes. These lower energies are felt in my shoulders and stomach as tight muscles and tension, concern or worry, or even excitement and anticipation. Left undirected and untrained, my mind wanders and generates passionate reactions over this and that, with emotions as unstable as sand beneath my feet.

But when I carve out time to sit and be still, to quiet my thoughts and go deeply within, everything in my life benefits. The time I spend in prayer and meditation grants me a sense of stability that speaks to me of ‘building my house on a rock’.

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” ~unknown

source PinterestDeepak Chopra shared in an interview that there has not been a quarrel in his family for decades. He has worked on and mastered his inner calm and remains unflustered by outer events. I admire that and work towards it. Whether I am driving in traffic (often a button for me) or preparing a meal for many people, I endeavor to bring the results of my daily prayers to the task. A sense of non-attachment is what I am learning, and from which I have discovered tremendous calm.

As one who used to live amidst perfectionist tendencies, learning to release outcomes has improved my life. I still make lists to help me stay on track. I still plan ahead because it helps set me up for success. And I still visualize the best and highest outcome, yet I now include the phrase ‘this or something better’ and turn it over to God.

Putting it all in God’s hands makes me feel safer than when I used to strive to be in control. Having been on my own from a young age, taking care of all I could was an essential skill. However now it no longer serves but rather limits my true freedom. I’ve learned that when I forget to pray and attempt to control things, events, and people around me, deep within I feel unsafe.

For example, driving alone to attend an evening workshop across the city can generate feelings of fear if I’m only operating from my logical human awareness. I attempt to be in control and know everything: where to park and will it be well-lit; how early should I get there to get a close spot; can I walk out with a crowd to remain safe on the way back to my car; is my car fully gassed up; battery charged on the cell phone; and someone knows where I’m going and when I will return home?
Certainly all these steps help ensure security but they do not help me FEEL any safer. Only prayer helps me feel safe and secure. It is in acknowledging I control nothing that I notice the solid rock beneath me. It is in letting go of my human attachment to control that I truly feel safe. I embrace my trust and celebrate my faith in the One who controls everything.

faith is courageMatthew 7:24-27 NIV ~ Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.

This is what prayer and meditation does for me. It is the rock beneath my feet and the awareness that I am truly safe.

Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

 

19 responses to Why I Pray

  1. 

    Gina, this is a wonderful post.. I have several books of Deepak Chopra plus tapes.. He is very inspirational… But then so are you…
    We come closer to our inner spirit/ our God source when we go into the quiet and meditate.. When we listen we are given answers.. I guess I pray a lot… Love and Blessings Gina… xxx Sue

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      I guess you do!! 🙂 Thanks so much for your encouragement Sue, and although we are ‘across the pond’ from each other, I often feel your poetry and posts and comments filled with kindness as close as if we are sharing a cuppa tea in the garden. Big hugs to you my friend! xo Gina

  2. 

    For me, a reminder of words, thoughts, and ideas I know but needed to read and thus to hear, today. This is often true with your posts. Thank you.
    Karen

  3. 

    Hi Gina, a beautiful post…one that everyone would do well to read! It is the safe place of KNOWING! Just loved it! I was faced just yesterday and today with a situation that required me to “let Go and let GOD” and I am so grateful that I was able to go to that quiet place where I knew what to do…because I trusted the outcome to be what it was supposed to be, rather than what I thought it should be. And the outcome made 10 people touched by grace and love…everyone won! Blessitude 🙂

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      Hello Lorrie, thank you for your delightful comment! How wonderful that you were able to return to that quiet place where you ‘knew what to do’. I love that place. And how perfect that the situation ended up as a win-win for all. Blessings to you! xo Gina

  4. 

    What in inspirational post Gina!! I love it! 🙂 Prayer for me is like chatting with God and the angels, and I do that all the time. We are like best friends, and it feels nice to be surrounded by loving friends who never judge me and to whom I can say anything and everything. And they are all so wise as well, gently reminding me of this and that when I forget. God is so sweet and kind, He never scolds me or says things strictly, He just says nice and loving things all the time, and every morning and ever night He tells me how much He loves me and how wonderful I am 🙂 I love God so much!!

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      Oh Line, your lovingkindness is shining through every word here! Yes I feel the best way to relate with God is as our Divine Beloved, to make that relationship our primary and greatest love affair. Thank you so much for this utterly delightful comment my friend. Big hugs of gratitude for all the love and light you share, here and everywhere. xo Gina

  5. 

    Gina, lovely post. I’ve been thinking lately that if folks got back to a place of daily prayer and meditation, how the world would transform. It seems so many have become disconnected and lost, and don’t know why they are ‘suffering.’ My daily connection brings me peace, I go crazy if I miss it! Blessings!

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      Excellent point Eliza! Me too. I can hardly recall a time without daily connection or what life was like then – except that I was unhappy and adrift. Now I cannot imagine a day without it. Thanks so much for your kind comment! Love and Light, Gina

  6. 

    I’m trying to have that peace that I am unaffected by outside influences. Since I’ve been sick I have a short temper. When I worked a stressful job and raising children and all that comes with life, I was calm. I don’t understand now that all is calm in my life that little things that mean nothing ignite anger in me. I do recognize it and pull myself from those feelings..

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      It is amusing how certain types of patience grows as we mature yet other areas of life sees our patience shrink. I have my flags or buttons as well. Oh the joys of ongoing learning, right Kim?! Love and light to you. xo G

  7. 

    Gina, your thoughts inspire me – I look forward to your posts every day.

  8. 

    Namaste, Gina! We all should not pray for any betterment or any wish. Prayer is a means to feel the divine within. Prayer is to search the love. With prayer comes lightness and happiness.

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      Another wise and insightful comment Sarvjit. Thank you so much for sharing your lightness, love, and happiness in your comments as well as on your blog. Namaste.

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        I’m glad the purpose is being served. Let love & peace cover every heart! Beautiful world. Thank you for the love!

  9. 

    A wonderful post in its entirety, but the saying, “Faith is having the courage to let God be in control” really hit home for me. Because that is exactly what it takes, courage. I joke about being a devout coward, but fear really is my greatest weakness. I am seeing that I can’t control the feeling, but I can choose how I act in response. One of the daily reflection books I read is “Jesus Calling” and two of the recent ones spoke to this. One saying, “Stop trying to figure everything out before their times have come,” and another saying, “If you don’t get a special message from God, stay where you are.” Thanks as always for all the wisdom you share. Every bit helps.

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      Wow… thank YOU for your great shares with this delightful comment Eileen. They touch me deeply, especially ‘If you don’t get a special message from God, stay where you are.’ This really speaks to me of listening to our gut, our intuition, for I feel God will let us know when it’s time to act and when it’s time to wait. It keeps coming back to trust doesn’t it? Thank you my friend for all your wonderful comments and posts, and for shining your lovely Light in the world. Blessings, Gina