How to Pray
How to Pray
I don't pray for worldly things or special circumstances. To me that's just plain vanity.
I'm no longer under the impression that I know what in the world is necessary or right for me. So instead of praying for anything in particular, the prayer I offer is reverent attention to whatever arises through the particulars of life.
For instance, when I perceive illness in my body I don't pray for better health. Instead, I use the power of reverent attention to fully experience physical dis-ease and whatever else is coming up in the moment.
I experience illness only until I can imagine (image-in) vibrant health, then vibrant health becomes my experience...even before this body shows evidence of healing.
Likewise, when I perceive conflict in a relatio
nship between myself and another person, I don't pray for them or me to be different. I reverently experience this form of dis-ease until I can imagine loving connection between us.
Praying in this way has become natural for me because my mind is aware that recognizing ignorance as such is what's needed to give up mental images that deny vibrant health and healthy relationships....not praying for a different experience.
Yes, I have felt anxiety about needing things to be different so that I could get back to work, chores, or just being happy again. But I have discovered that there is nothing more productive than praying in this way.
Indeed, praying in the true way has made me so sensitive to the habitual mental tendency to regard ignorance as truth that I cannot participate in the insanity anymore.
No matter what happens, my point of view remains within awareness of truth, and so through the life I live, the mind is being restored to its original state of vibrance, innocence and peace.