If you are pursuing the spiritual life as I have recently begun to do, you probably know that there are a million different ways to pray.
One is to meditate—to, essentially, clear your mind and enter into deep relaxation. A lot of people recommend it, and I’m sure for good reason.
But so far, I’ve found, I suck at it.
A better prayer method for me is to write down some of my feelings and thoughts—the ones that currently seem the strongest in my mind, whether positive or negative—then re-focus them, giving them a more spiritual perspective.
Christians call this “taking thoughts captive” after a verse in the book of I Corinthians, I believe.
And that’s pretty much what I do: I take my thoughts captive.
I ask myself, Is this really true?
And if it isn’t, I replace it with something that is.
But praying like this isn’t magical.
Well, maybe it is—but I haven’t proven it yet.
(When I do, though, I’ll let you know.)
If you do this without truly believing what you’re saying—going through the motions, so to speak—it won’t have the affect you want.
So pray the right way:
Pray the thoughts you really believe already, the good things you already know to be true.
Such as: God is with me. There is a reason this happened. I am fulfilling my life’s purpose every day.
The list goes on and on, and all the positive things you believe are fair game.
But don’t just say the words unthinkingly.
Repeat your prayer until it’s real.
Do you find this way of praying helpful? Let me know—leave a comment below!
Inspiration from the other side.
You’ve been on the spiritual path for a good while now. You’ve read the books. Maybe even met a guru or two. Sometimes, though, you need a different kind of inspiration. Inspiration from someone who knows how hard this inner peace stuff really is.
More Stuff to Read:
Some Spiritual Practices Actually Work. It’s Amazing.
There are hundreds of spiritual techniques for overcoming depression and increasing inner peace. Here, stories about the ones that actually work. (In some posts, I rate the practices on a scale of 1-10, too. Sort of like county fair pumpkins, but more spiritual.)
These Are the Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
Kids, here it is. Have at it.
- Spiritual-But-Not-Religious Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
- All Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
I’m a Partner, a Mom, a Friend, a Mom, a Sister, a Daughter, a Businessperson and a Mom. Here’s What Helps.
Don’t read this section. It’s nonsense, mostly.
- My Mostly Ridiculous Self-Improvement Journal
- 150 Life Hacks for Getting Suddenly Awesome
- Suddenly Awesome Miscellany (And, Let’s Be Real: Book Promos)