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Combining Prayer and Meditation
Prayer and meditation go hand in hand. Prayer is the asking that comes before the answering in meditation.
Sometime we are reduced to prayer only when we are in dire straits. I sometimes wonder if we get in trouble just to learn about our roots in the Divine.
When you need to feel the warmth and comfort and have advice flow into your waking consciousness, take time for a prayer and meditation session: Sit quietly where you will not be disturbed. Fold your hands in your lap, perhaps holding a mala or rosary, or lay your hands palms facing up or down on your thighs.
Close your eyes and take a deep cleansing breath and slowly release it. Then begin a pattern of even, regular breathing, such as one count to inhale and one count to exhale. Continue this rhythmic breathing all the way through your session without actually saying the counts.
Breath is the tie between body, mind, emotions. Calm breathing calms upset and allows clear thinking to surface.
While breathing evenly, turn your attention to the prayer part of your session. This is the time to ask for clarity on your issue.
Then sit quietly, meditating, paying attention to the rhythm of your breath. After a period of time, when you've quieted your body and emotions the best options will float up to your waking consciousness, ready for you to choose a course of action. After your session, record options in your meditation journal for review as needed.
Finish your quiet time with a prayer of thankfulness for new insights, and send out thoughts of peace to your family, friends, and the world.
Take a deep inhalation and a slow exhalation, open your eyes, stretch out and go on with your day.
I invite you to join me in a daily world peace group cyber meditation. Click the article here to read about it.
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer
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