let us start with the tidbits of life. While I did not get to write to you all yesterday I did get to work on my book some more. Wooo Whooo! This marks my 95th post here and so I can say that if you have enjoyed my previous posts with pictures from my book you will not want to miss my 100th post 🙂
What I really want to talk about today is the daily practice of prayer. To live a spiritual life, no matter what path your own, should really include daily prayer. It keeps you talking to the divine and listening for them. There are a lot of prayers out there and I have shared some of mine with you as well. I will share more when I get to that section of the book but basicily I find that times that work best for me are in the morning, while preparing a meal, before eating a meal and before bed. These tend to be more of the mesmerized type that I say day in and day out. There is the other kind. The in the moment appeal for help or expression of gratitude. It is my firm belief that if you are having a rotten day; you should take a moment to express gratitude as often as possible. Maybe every hour on the hour? or at every red light? or every time you checked your phone? Can you imagine how grateful you would feel if you said a thank you for something every time you looked at your phone? after a day or two of this I can promise your mood will be lifted.
The other type of prayer, the appeal for help in some way is something to consider as well. While it is important to be thankful we still do need the guidance of our Goddess and God. Sometimes our heart has been broken or a member of our family is ill, or we feel the need for more success or prosperity. There are many aspects on how to ask for what you want. A few to keep in mind is that what ever you are asking for yourself, you are abiding by the law harm none. You do not mess with others free will. You ask for something that is correct and for the good of all. You ask for a loving partner that will treat you in a manner you wish to be brought into your life, not that so n so comes back to you. You ask that people be healed in a way that is correct and for the good of all. Even with good intentions you may not have all the information and it is best to leave it up to the divine to know the fix.
Another aspect is the order of prayer. of course what ever suits you and works for you works, but I like this one. Express gratitude, ask for something for the world, something for someone else and then something for you. Again in this way you can see yourself in the greater web of life and how you are related to your world around. It also keeps gratitude in the forefront of your mind.
Side note: I wrote (almost entirely yesterday) but then got upsetting news and had to stop and take my own advice and actively focus on being grateful, it took a few hours but I did pull myself out of my funk and back to my peaceful joy filled life.