When we add the gift of ourselves in the application of our prayer life to others, we also bring much happiness to ourselves.
With this attitude we allow our caring heart to open and hold gifts beyond measure: contentment, peacefulness and lovingness - received right in the moment we are being caring.
Application of the peace achieved through prayer and meditation is an integral part of the whole process:
1. Supplication - asking for guidance by using our own words or set prayers.
2. Meditation - being still in body, which is conducive to the settling of the turbulent waters of issues in the mind - confusion falling away so that the voice of our conscience can be heard.
3. Appreciation - caring, thankful, and loving thoughts, which in turn energize our body.
4. Application - putting the inner guidance of our conscience into action.
It is practical to be caring and giving, because we are not wasting time thinking about what someone owes us.
There is no downside after giving when we do not expect a return; we retain our natural harmony and peace.
Giving freely when the opportunity arises allows energy to flow easily through our actions.
And then, when we experience a true need, our harmonious pattern of living will draw just what we need to us, from within us. This happens because when we are feeling relaxed, logical thoughts come up in our mind to best resolve the situation.
Spending time in prayer - supplication, meditation, appreciation - plus applying the gift of ourselves through caring and sharing, awakens gifts within ourselves - abiding peacefulness; lovingness.
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Article and photo from Keukenhof, The Netherlands, by Susan Helene Kramer
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